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RUDDIGORE

16th-18th May 2019
Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, Eltham SE9 5TG



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Synopsis

The village of Rederring is endowed with a chorus of professional bridesmaids. The endowment is practically wasted, however, because all the young men in the village are in love with Rose Maybud, but she won't make up her mind. In truth she is in love with Robin Oakapple, and he with her, but both are too shy to speak first. And when they do get together disaster strikes: Robin's foster-brother, Richard, having himself fallen for Rose, reveals that Robin is the true baronet of Ruddigore in disguise, and a curse on every baronet of Ruddigore necessitates that he shall commit one crime every day or perish in untold agony.

So they part. Rose becomes betrothed to Richard, and Robin takes up the the baronetcy, accompanied by his trusty servant, old Adam. In the picture gallery of Ruddigore Castle, his ancestors there come to life and indicate out that his ideas of suitable crimes do not satisfy them. They demand that 'he carry off a lady' at once, and when he refuses, give him a sample of the agonies incurred. He is persuaded to comply, and old Adam is despatched to perform the deed.

Adam returns with Dame Hannah, but at this point Sir Roderic comes to life again and steps out of his picture frame. Hannah was his love, and he is not pleased that she should have been treated in this way. He sends Robin off with a flea in his ear, but while Sir Roderic and Dame Hannah are reminiscing together, Robin has an idea: by refusing to carry out a crime, the baronet is effectively committing suicide. And suicide is in itself a crime, so he is in fact fulfilling the requirements of the curse.

This is most satisfactory to all concerned. Rose returns to Robin, Sir Roderic decides that he should never have died at all, Richard takes one of the bridesmaids, and all ends happily, as it should.
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