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A Bunch of Amateurs

 

by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman

 

Carnegie Hall Theatre 

 

 

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!

“terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue… plenty of twists and turns” ***** Whatsonstage

“Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare…a laugh-a-minute” **** Mail on Sunday