Shakespeare's fool

Written by T.G. Hofman

PRODUCTION DETAILS

Will 'Cavaliero' Kempe was one of the finest performers of the Elizabethan age. Gentleman player, juggling jester, headmaster of Morris dancers and London's finest clown, until...he fell out with Will 'git face' Shakespeare.

Kempe died alone and poverty stricken, not very far from the original Globe Theatre, of which he was an original shareholder and faded into obscurity. A world away from his former life having supposedly originated some of literature's best-known characters, including Bottom, Dogberry, and Falstaff.

​Join Cavaliero Kempe as he gives his final performance to an audience of a mouse and a marrote, and tells us what really happened between him and William Shakespeare.

A bittersweet tale, told by an idiot.

A co-production between TORTIVE THEATRE and the WORCESTER REPERTORY COMPANY. 

This production was originally scheduled to make its world premiere in 2020. 

We will be working hard to bring this production to life as soon as it is safe to do so. 

PERFORMANCES & VENUES

International Premiere

To Be Announced

Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, UK

6 - 30 August 2021

The Swan Theatre, Worcester, UK

8 - 19 September 2020

The Attic Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

5, 6 & 7 November 2020

Tickets | To be announced

Box Office | To be announced

PRODUCTION CAST & CREATIVES

PRODUCTION & CREATIVE STAFF

 

Director | Ben Humphrey

Designer | To be announced

 

Lighting Designer | To be announced

Costumer Designer | Hannah Marshall

Production Assistant | Hannah Whitehouse

Stage Manager | To be announced

LX & SFX Ops | To be announced

CAST 

 

William 'Cavaliero' Kempe | Rob Leetham

PRODUCTION SUPPORTERS

Susie Arnold

Lauren Armer

Nikki Bigmore

Julia Bridge

Janet Bright

Oliver Brooks

Roger Brunt

The Davidsons

Jon Fraser

Patricia Gale

Andrew Gibbs

Rick Godsall

Heidi Gowthorpe

Shane Grant

Diana Green

Stephen Grindle

Chris Harper

Janet Harvey

Rachel Handforth

Sue Hawkins

Alison Hellings

Pauline Hirst

Fiona Howard

Alice Humphrey

Paul Jennings

Carys Jones

Mary-Anne Keyes

Ellen Lowe

Genevieve Lowe

Harriet Lowe

Mackie

Tim Manning

Kim Martyn Smith

David McCallum

Julie McGill

Kate McKenna

Rhîan McLean

Michael McWilliam

Rita McWilliam

Jo Miller

Katrina Monteith

Jess O'Sullivan

Anne Renshaw

John-Robert Partridge

Quadrax

Beth Raybould

Tom Riddell

Naomi Roberts

Charlie Ryan

Helen Sears

David Skelton

Bev Sykes

Jan Venables

Asha Warren

Mark Warren

Sue Webster

Mike Whitehouse

For general inquiries,

please contact the production office.

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