The Circle

A comedy, by W. Somerset Maugham. Directed by Graham Stapley
April 2010



Thirty years ago, Lady Kitty abandoned her husband and young son, Arnold, to run away with politician Lord Porteous. Kitty returns from exile in Italy still clinging to her glamorous past. At the family reunion, she discovers that her daughter-in-law is tempted to embark on an affair. This leaves Kitty, as events turn full circle, to decide whether or not to encourage the elopement.

In The Circle, an elegant and entertaining social satire, Somerset Maugham explores the conflict between romance and responsibility with his characteristically shrewd understanding of human nature.

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Cast and Crew

Arnold Champion-Cheney, M.P. Tim Secrett
Footman Josh Osborne
Mrs Shenstone Sarah Daniels
Elizabeth Rosie Akerman
Edward Luton Graeme Lake
Clive Champion-Cheney Ben O'Donohoe*
Butler Lee Harris
Lady Catherine Champion-Cheney Lesley Arnold
Lord Porteous Chris Mears
Director Graham Stapley
Director's Assistant Maureen Hopkins
Stage Manager Vikki White*
Sound operation Ron Judd
Lighting operation Jo Newman

* denotes a debut on the Rottingdean stage

Performance Dates

Wed 21st Apr 2010 at 7:45 PM
Thu 22nd Apr 2010 at 7:45 PM
Fri 23rd Apr 2010 at 7:45 PM
Sat 24th Apr 2010 at 2:00 PM
Sat 24th Apr 2010 at 7:45 PM



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