a One Man Magic Lantern show of the classic book THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS by Robert Tressell

 ‘The man of many characters’, actor Neil Gore, presents an Edwardian Magic Show with Magic Lantern and projected animation; political conjuring tricks and live music and song, as we meet the famous characters from the book and follow the events that surround the painters and decorators who are charged with the renovation of a large town house for local Mayor Sweater. 

This entertaining one-man show includes scenes, speeches, audience participation and songs from the classic book, featuring the Great Money Trick as its centrepiece.

Touring the UK Autumn 2018 and May - July 2019


  • ' A phenomenal performance'
    John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor)
  • After my Constituency Labour Party hosted two performances of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists earlier this month – reimagined for the stage by Townsend Productions and actor Neil Gore – I was inspired to bring this fantastic production to Parliament
    Dan Carden MP
  • 'A wonderful performance by Neil Gore'
    Ian Lavery MP President of the Labour Party)
  • 'It was fantastic. ❤️ actors!'
    Tracy Brabin MP ‏ (Former Coronation Street Star)
  • 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a wonderful entertainment for all the family'
    Peter Yates
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  • 'I left the theatre feeling empowered and thirsty to fight the power and change the future!'
    Katie Leon
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  • A strong and robust show that brings the characters, humour and inspirational ideas of this great book to life. It is needed now more than ever. You'll leave the theatre and join the struggle!”
    Ken Loach, Film Director
  • Tremendous
    The Times
  • 10/10 Sensational
    Liverpool Echo
  • 'A fantastic evening’s entertainment all round'
    Julia Armstrong
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  • 'Excellent performance of the 1914 classic. I was proud to be one of the MPs in attendance and I thought Neil really brought home the relevance to 2018.'
    Alex Norris MP
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