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By Nigel Holloway

Charles Arne Kevin Welch
Count Alessandro di Cagliostro / Jailer Kevin Morgan
Michael Arne Steve Davies
Doctor, Priest Roger Thomas
Lord Balmoral Howard Turnbull
Susannah Cibber Ellie Hoare
Elizabeth Wright Ciara Charnley
Ann Venables, Mary Lorna Welch
Thomas Arne, Bailiff Nick Pratt
David Garrick, Irish Doctor Tim Brown
Count de St Germain Mike Gaccon
Manservant Nigel Holloway



Skin is a one act play about the central mystery in the life of musician Michael Arne, the legitimate son of Thomas Arne, the famous eighteenth century composer of Rule Britannia and God Save the Queen.

Despite his successful musical career, Michael Arne became obsessed with alchemy, the search for the Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life - so obsessed, in fact, that it lead him to the debtors' prison, and the death of his first wife.

He recovered from this disastrous setback, going on to conduct the first performance of Handel's Messiah in the composer's native country of Germany. He remarried, and despite his previous experiences, turned once more to the study of alchemy.

What forced this successful, intelligent man to repeat his previous mistakes, only to die and leave his second wife in poverty?