Tickets: Salisbury Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury Phone: 01722 342860 or from https:/ticketsource.co.uk/studiotheatresalisbury
Directed by Anthony von Roretz and Jill Redston
Production dates: 14th – 19th October 2019
CAST: 3 men, 4 women: 2 parts are Americans
Jefferson Steele is a self-centred fading Hollywood star. He’s no longer being cast but still believes he is wanted by all – particularly by the ladies. His agent gets him cast as the lead in the great Bard’s King Lear. Travelling to England believing that this will reinvent him, he finds that he is not heading to Stratford-upon-Avon but somewhere else entirely. As art mirrors reality, is this a chance to get his life back on track?
Cleverly written, and beautifully reflecting Shakespeare’s plot,this play features comedy, tragedy, amateur angst and some truly poignant moments….
Ages aren’t particularly important, but Jefferson is middle-aged and Jessica, his daughter is twenties
|Jefferson Steele||–||American, arrogant, insecure, brash and demanding but vulnerable and ultimately self-effacing|
|Jessica Steele||–||Jefferson’s student daughter, American, neglected by her father, calculating and wants him to pay for it|
|Dorothy Nettle||–||amdram director of the Stratford Players. A force to be reckoned with; not to be messed around but has a sweet outer appearance. Cool always … almost!|
|Nigel Dewbury||–||pompous, self-serving, self-regarding, and rigidly proponent of classic acting – he believes he is the only one who should play all the leads. Undermined by Steele being cast, he is somewhat put out by the situation|
|Mary Plunkett||–||jolly, generous and an unashamedly adoring fan, she is besotted with Jefferson Steele – bit of a twist in her character too. A great part to play particularly with her twists and turns|
|Denis Dobbins||–||handyman and ‘fixer’. Star-struck by Steele he becomes his entourage but has unexpected depths|
|Lauren Bell||–||wife of the businessman sponsor of the Stratford Players: smarter than her husband allows her to be and a lady with hidden talents|