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For Services Rendered

The Crescent Theatre Company presents

For Services Rendered

by W. Somerset Maugham

19 - 26 Sep in the Studio at 7.45pm | Matinées: Sun 20 Sept & Sat 26 Sept at 2.45pm

The chance to see a rarely performed British masterpiece.

The Times gave a 5-star review for Chichester’s recent production of “For Services Rendered”, as much for the beautifully crafted play – now considered as Somerset Maugham’s masterpiece – as for the production. Set within the innocuous “tea, tennis and bridge” rural middle-classes of the 1930s, the play exposes the corrosive legacy of the First World War. One of the most forthright anti-war plays ever written, with its perception of anti-patriotism hated by the audiences of its day, it explores themes which are as relevant now as they were then – from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to assisted suicide. A superb craftsman, Maugham also includes comedy – albeit very dark.

When first performed in 1932, Maugham’s anti-war polemic stunned audiences with its sharp, bitter humour and bleak reflections on ‘the war to end all wars’. As we commemorate the centenary of the first world war, this is a play that still has the power to shock.

See the Bum On A Seat Review HERE

Audience Feedback:

"This was a brilliant production. I bought my ticket on the afternoon of the show and so pleased I did. The intimacy of the setting lent power and presence to the delivery. Thank you" I.R

Tickets: £11 | £10 Concessions | Sunday Matinee only: £6.00

Schools & Groups Ticket Offer: Tuesday - Thursday £5 | Friday & Saturday £8

To book School/Group tickets please telephone the Box Office on 0121 643 5858, between 10am - 7pm, Monday - Saturday.

Please Note: Latecomers will not be admitted to this performance



Leonard Ardsley (A solicitor) - John Sugden
Charlotte Ardsley (His wife) - Jo Thackwray
Eva Ardsley (Their eldest daughter) - Liz Plumpton
Ethel Bartlett (Their married daughter) - Andrea Stephenson
Lois Ardsley (Their youngest daughter) - Eleanor O'Brien
Sydney Ardsley, MC (Their son) - Tom Inman
Gertrude (The Ardsley's maid) - Beth Haycock
Dr. Charlie Prentice (Mrs. Ardsleys brother) - John Whittell
Howard Bartlett (Ethel's hunsband, a local tenant farmer) - John O'Neill
Collie Stratton, DSO (Former royal navy commander) - Oli Davis
Wilfred Cedar (A retired entrepreneur) - Ivor Williams
Gwen Cedar (His wife) - Pat Dixon


Assitant Director - Jackie Blackwood
Production Assistant - Paul Parker
Lighting Design - Kristan Webb
Sound Design - Adrian Hooper
Costume - Pat Brown & Vera Dean - Assisted By - Crescent Wardobe
Properties - Emma Kirk Assisted By - Andrew Lowrie & Ben Poutney
Stage Manager - Sue Haynes
Production Manager - Judy O'Dowd
Technical Advisor - James Booth
Furniture Co-Ordinator - Jack Tustin


Set Construction, Paint & Build - Rod Natkiel & Alan Jarvis
Set & Seating build assistants - Judy O'Dowd, Jack Tustin, Paul Parker & John Whittell
Floor Scenic Artist - Dan O'Neill Assisted By - Paul Parker, Tom Inman & Alan Jarvis
Curtains Made By - Jo Thackwray
Upholstery - Jan Natkiel

Lighting Riggers & Operators - John Gray, Olivia Hodgson, Alan Jarvis, Steffi Procter & Jack Tustin

Sound Riggers & Operators - Alan Bull, Adrian hooper, Adam Lovelock & Cameron Wilson

Photographers - Hannah Kelly & Andrew Smith
Chess Advisor - David Harvey

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