The Royal Pardon
by John Arden & Margaretta D’Arcy
11-13 January 1973
The Royal Pardon tells the story of the adventures of a group of strolling players who fall in with a deserter from the war in Flanders. Subtitled “The Soldier Who Became An Actor”, The Royal Pardon is not a pantomime – being written in 1966 by authors who considered theatre as a means to further the cause of revolutionary socialism (a philosophy with a weak hold in Chelsfield) – but the show still warranted a matinee performance on the Saturday as a way of getting the kids in.