The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (1983)

Mile End Road
13 Jul - 17 Sep 1983
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  • by Stephen Lowe, based on the book by Robert Tressell

Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist, about a group of painters and decorators and their struggle for survival in a complacent and stagnating Edwardian England, has become a classic of working-class literature since its first publication in 1914. This brilliant stage version by Stephen Lowe was revived by Half Moon Theatre in the wake of the 1983 General Election (Margaret Thatcher’s second term).

There were 58 performances at Half Moon Theatre, attended by, 8545 people.

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  • Trevor Cooper Bob Crass / Reverend Belcher
  • David Fielder Frank Owen / Didlum
  • Bob Goody Sawkins / Mayor Sweater
  • Josie Lawrence Bert White / Elsie / Mrs Sweater
  • Ken Morley Joe Philpott / Rushton

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