The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Paperback, 112 pages ISBN: 9781848421073Publication Date:
17 Jun 2010
Size: 198mm x 129mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook, 112 pages ISBN: 9781780015071Publication Date:
15 Oct 2014
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
First Staged:
Liverpool Everyman, 2010

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (stage version)

By Robert Tressell Adapted by Howard Brenton

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Passionate, highly entertaining and gloriously funny - Robert Tressell's classic pre-First World War account of the working lives of a group of housepainters and decorators is vividly adapted by Howard Brenton.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists recounts the little daily successes and the disasters of a group of working-class men, living under the constant fear of being laid off by employers forever looking for new corners to cut. Both workers and bosses are caught in a system spiralling out of control, but why is it the workers always come out worse?

Howard Brenton's stage adaptation, first performed at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool in June 2010 in a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre, lays bare the many social injustices perpetrated on these men whilst capturing their individual characters with touching truth to life.

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'Speaks with passion and eloquence'


'Sparkles with so much wit and integrity it is impossible not to warm to the ethos that lies at its very core'


'Wisely, Howard Brenton has shown confidence in Tressell's original story and has concentrated on creating a piece of theatre without compromising the impact of the original text...Brenton has produced the definitive stage version'

Amateur Stage
Paperback,112 pages ISBN: 9781848421073Publication Date:
17 Jun 2010
Size: 198mm x 129mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook,112 pages ISBN: 9781780015071Publication Date:
15 Oct 2014
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)

Also by Howard Brenton:

Doctor Scroggy's War
The Blinding Light
Berlin Bertie
Drawing the Line
Eternal Love
The Shadow Factory
Anne Boleyn
Lawrence After Arabia
Dances of Death
Miss Julie & Creditors
Cancelling Socrates
Never So Good
55 Days
#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
Miss Julie
Faust: Parts I & II

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