‘A Bunch of Amateurs’
by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
Directed by Colin Keir
Monday 11 – Saturday 16 February 2019
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood star Jefferson Steel 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.
‘The Doctor’s Dilemma’
by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Negar Esfandiary
Monday 29 April – Saturday 4 May 2019
If you could choose, to save the life of a brilliant but morally questionable artist or a worthy medical student, what would you do?
A doctor is knighted for a triumphant cure. Jennifer Dubedat idolises her artist husband, Louis, but he is dying. She goes to Sir Colenso Ridgeon to convince him to save her love. But the doctor can only treat one more patient, and must choose who is worth saving.