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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
FROM THE BARN THEATRE ARCHIVE

A Bunch of Amateurs

By Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
Directed by Bob Thomson
Assistant Director Belinda Gee
4th – 12th February 2022 at 8:00pm
Matinee on February 12th at 2:30pm

Duration: Approximately 2hr 20mins with one interval.

They wished for a star…then wished they hadn’t!

Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare…a laugh-a-minute.

4/5
Mail on Sunday

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

This comedy with a dramatic twist, features a fading Hollywood action hero who is keen to boost his flagging career. Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, Stratford upon Avon, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judi Dench and John Cook, 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. The play was written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman and was made into a major movie starring Burt Reynolds that was given a Royal Film Premiere.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Bob Thomson
Assistant Director
Belinda Gee

CAST

Dorothy Nettle
Jefferson Steele
Nigel Dewbury
Mary Plunkett
Jessica Steele
Denis Dobbins

CREATIVE TEAM

Production Manager
Stage Manager
Musical Director
Original Music
Wardrobe
Video
Production Photography
Rehearsal Prompt
Poster Design

Song ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ – Music by Ebonard Lysander, Lyrics by Bob Thomson and performed by Swan Suriatekur.

Special thanks to: Peter Holt, The Digswell Players, Carol Bush, Michael Merry, Clive Weatherley, Simon Parr, Mike Smith and Margaret Wallace.

Production PHOTOS

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MEDIA & REVIEWS​

Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare…a laugh-a-minute.

4/5
Mail on Sunday

A terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue.

5/5
Whatsonstage

Probably the best play ever by the Digswell Player.

Welwyn Hatfield Times

DON'T FORGET, COMING UP AT THE BARN SOON

Opening 28th May
By John Finnemore
Opening 13th June
By Mary Chase

 

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

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