The Sins of Society: Village Church

The Sins of Society: Village Church

The Sins of Society, produced at Drury Lane in 1907, contained all the required elements of a successful melodrama - a spotless heroine, a vile and dastardly villain, and a put-upon hero who has to come through all his trials with flying colours. It also boasted spectacular scenes and events created by Bruce 'Sensation' Smith which thrilled and moved the audience.

There were lavish set designs including a beautiful Art Nouveau interior for one of the houses, and the racecourse at Longchamps, contributed by Henry Emden, and the rather grand Village Church which you see here, designed by R McCleery, which was the setting for the grand denouement of the plot.

The players you see, as described in The Sketch, were 'Miss Adrienne Augarde as Lady Gwendolen Ashley, the sweet but erring ingenue', led to the altar by 'Mr Lyn Harding as Noel Ferrers, the villain', and prevented from a dreadful marriage in the nick of time by the hero, Mr Julian L'Estrange as Sir Dorian March, a young Guards Officer, who cries out, 'Stop, Stop, I Forbid It'.