Independent Means

The Library Theatre Company Presents

2008 marks the centenary of the opening of the Gaiety Theatre on Peter Street by Annie Horniman, a key landmark in the history of theatre in this country.
As a fitting tribute to Annie Horniman, the Library Theatre is delighted to be presenting Independent Means, a comedic gem from Stanley Houghton, author of Hindle Wakes, who was one of the leading members of the ‘Manchester School’ of famous playwrights of the early 20th century.
Edgar Forsyth, the public school-educated son of respected northern gent John Craven Forsyth, returns early from honeymoon with his wife, Sidney. At the same time, his father’s business interests are not providing him the income they once did – can Sidney seize on it as her opportunity to become the family breadwinner and become a women of independent means?
Independent Means was considered ground-breaking in 1909, and its mix of feminism and romance, allied to Houghton’s razor-sharp wit, makes it as relevant in 2008, nearly 100 years after it first saw the light of day.