A Bunch of Amateurs

by  Nick Newman, Ian Hislop

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 4f

5 STARS “terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue... plety of twists and turns” Whatsonstage 

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


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  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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Nick Newman

Nick Newman is an award-winning cartoonist and writer. He has worked for Private Eye since 1981 and has been pocket cartoonist for The Sunday Times since 1989. His cartoons have appeared in many other publications including The Guardian, Punch and The Spectator. He was The Cartoon Art Trust’s Pocket/Gag Cartoonist of t ...

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Ian Hislop

Ian Hislop is a writer and broadcaster and has been editor of Private Eye since 1986. He has been a columnist for The Listener and The Sunday Telegraph, and TV critic for The Spectator. As a scriptwriter with Nick Newman, his work includes five years on Spitting Image, Harry Enfield and Chums, and My Dad’s the Prime Mi ...

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