The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

By Robert Tressell Adapted by Howard Brenton
1st, 2nd, 3rd June 2017

GSA MA Acting

"I'll tell you the cause of poverty ..It's money."

A group of painters and decorators set out on the annual works outing. Their concerns are as relevant now as when the play was set in pre-World War 1 England. Tressell’s most famous work focuses on spirited attacks on the dishonesty of Capitalism, along with Socialist vision, highlighting exploitation in the workplace and inequality in society, is told with vigour and passion.

“One can understand why this insider’s account of the lives of exploited house decorators is an important text for the Labour movement.” Charles Spencer, the Telegraph

Director Michael Toumey

Adult content

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Box Office opens 8 May

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