The Arcadians

The Plot

The ArcadiansOur next show 15th-18th April 2020 - The Arcadians

MPO revives an almost-forgotten gem of the Edwardian Theatre! The Arcadians, with toe-tapping music by Monckton and Talbot, tells the tale of Jim Smith, an aviation pioneer who crashes his plane in Arcadia, "the Land that Time Forgot".  The residents live in simple bliss and are appalled when Jim describes modern life in London.  Transforming Jim to one of themselves, they send him back with two Arcadian women as ambassadors to convert the people of London to a life of truth and simplicity. But when they come up against race-going High Society, romantic chaos ensues, especially when the disguised Jim meets his own wife!

The Cast

Solo Parts Description 2020
Cara an Arcadian - sop Jessie Stones
Father Time baritone Chris Bailward
Smith/Simplicitas an elderly businessman - baritone Ben Grundy
Eileen Cavanagh a natural Irish girl Gemma Shave
Melissa an Arcadian - soubrette soprano Rachel Milestone-Macadorey
Mrs Smith Smith's wife (non-singing) Alison Ruddy
Jack Meadows a racehorse owner - baritone Oscar Shave
Bobbie a man-about-town - baritone James Craw
Peter Doody an unsuccessful jockey - baritone Stuart Waite
Astrophel an Arcadian shepherd - tenor James Craw
Amaryllis an Arcadian shepherdess - sop Alison Stevens
Strephon an Arcadian shepherd - baritone Geoff Allan
Sir George Paddock a racegoer - non-singing Richard Gaunt
Lady Barclay non-singing Sarah Bignell
Percy Marsh non-singing Anthony White
Harry non-singing Neil Harrison-Shaw
Lucy non-singing Louisa Jeffery
Marion non-singing Naomi Booth


Performance 2020

The Music

Noteworthy Composer Files for The Arcadians