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A Bunch of Amateurs

Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Directed by Roger Butler
27 May – 1 June 2019

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!


Jefferson Steel/King Lear – Steve Hemsley
Dorothy Nettle/Fool – Suzannah Churchill
Jessica Steel/Cordelia – Mujde Ipek
Nigel Dewsbury/Kent – Mark Jamieson
Mary Plunket/Regan – Suzanne Whitnall
Denis Dobbins/Gloucester – Clive Madel
Lauren Bell/Goneril – Rachel Collett


Prompt – Carol Butler
Stage Manager – Mike Whitnall
Props – Sue Newman
Wardrobe – Cast
Period Costumes – Carole Bramall and Majorie Sawyer
Lights – Andy Woolliscroft
Sound – Steve Nash
Set Design – Roger Butler
Set Construction – Mike Whitnall, Tony Bate, Albert Tilbury, Roger Butler

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