Salisbury Studio Theatre

Tickets: Salisbury Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury Phone: 01722 342860 or from https:/

A Bunch of Amateurs by Nick Newman and Ian Hislop

Directed by Anthony von Roretz and Jill Redston

Production dates: 14th – 19th October 2019


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….

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

Image: By Ary Scheffer – Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link


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