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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City - 50th Anniversary Year.

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
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!

If you’d prefer to attend a performance with a more socially distanced audience, we will be selling our matinee and Monday performances to a maximum of half capacity. At these performances we’ll ensure households are seated separately in the auditorium.

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

Mail on Sunday

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Limited

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.

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
Wardrobe
Video
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.

Production PHOTOS

MEDIA & REVIEWS​

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

Mail on Sunday

A terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue.

Whatsonstage

Probably the best play ever by the Digswell Player.

Welwyn Hatfield Times

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