The Admirable Crichton

Definition

Theater

  • A comedy by J. M. Barrie, first performed in 1902in London. It examines the disparity between natural talent and socialstatus. When an upper-class family and their servants are shipwreckedon an island, Crichton, the butler, emerges as the natural leaderof the group. However, when rescuers arrive he resumes his originalinferior position.

    The name was originally bestowed on James Crichton (1560 - 85),the Scottish traveller, scholar, and soldier, by Sir Thomas Urquhartin his book The Exquisite Jewel (1652). It is sometimes used to mean a person of all-round talents.

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