The Barn Theatre Club presents

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman

A Bunch of Amateurs

By Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
Directed by Bob Thomson
Assistant Director Belinda Gee
15th – 23rd October 2021 at 8:00pm in the Main Theatre
Matinee on October 23rd at 2:30pm

Duration: Approximately 1hr 30mins with one interval.

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

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

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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.

Part of the Barn’s 2021-2022 Season.


Directed by
Bob Thomson
Assistant Director
Belinda Gee


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


Production Manager
Stage Manager
Production Photography
Poster Design
Rehearsal Prompt
Musical Director

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.


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

Mail on Sunday

A terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue.


Probably the best play ever by the Digswell Player.

Welwyn Hatfield Times

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