An absolute classic, in every sense of the word, for the Society’s 250th production, and another welcome opportunity, not only to use junior members who will, hopefully, stay or return at a later stage, but also to make use of the Society’s extensive wardrobe of period costumes which don’t very often get an ‘airing’ these days. Although the settings and language do seem somewhat dated (not unamusingly so, however), the interplay of relationships is actually still very easily understood by current audiences.

Brassett is a lovely character, for which my current hirsute appearance was made to order, because the privileged ‘Hooray Henries’ for whom he works think that he is barely educated and very probably (quite rightly, in their eyes) grateful for being allowed to serve them, when in fact, although undoubtedly loyal, he is what we would today call ‘street-wise’, ruling the roost in his own little domain, and not averse to supplementing his (probably meagre) income with pecuniary extras, whenever the opportunities present themselves!