Rosemary Anne Sisson

Everyone at Fred Theatre has been saddened to learn that distinguished author and script-writer, Rosemary Anne Sisson died peacefully at her London home on 28th July 2017, aged 93.    Last year we were delighted to put one of Rosemary’s superb plays, The Dark Horse, back on stage in its entirety. It was a pleasure and an honour to welcome Rosemary to…

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Dutch Lady retires gracefully

After a successful tour to venues in Stratford upon Avon, London and Birmingham, The Dutch Lady has been put to bed. Fred Theatre has been proud to give this fascinating and very funny Restoration comedy its first recorded public performances. Many thanks to Dr Joseph Stephenson, Abilene Christian University, Texas, for letting Fred have access…

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The Dutch Lady

Anon. 06-12 July 2017 Tour (Shakespeare Institute (Stratford upon Avon), The Cockpit (London), @AE Harris (Birmingham)) Director/Designer: Robert Ball Dramaturg: Joe Stephenson Composer: Robert Lane Cast: Ellie Allum-Marshall, Nathan Blyth, Georgia Christodoulou, Kelley Costigan, Phil Hemming, Neil Jacks, Edward Loboda, Lyle Mitchell, James Parsons, Marc Phillips, Peter M Smith

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History of The Dutch Lady revealed

If you’d like to learn more about the history of The Dutch Lady, there’s now an excellent podcast you can listen to. Dr Joe Stephenson, who brought the play to Fred Theatre’s attention, has been interviewed by howlround.com, an online resource for theatre type people. Anyone can listen though, and in the podcast Joe provides…

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The Dutch Lady

Fred Theatre presents, for the first time in over 300 years, The Dutch Lady.   London c.1650: Fuscara, the Dutch lady, finds herself broke and needing to marry for money. Follow her exploits in this hilarious Restoration comedy, recently discovered in manuscript in the USA.   Suitable for ages 14+ Running time, approx. 3 hours…

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Dutch Lady missing for three centuries back on stage

This July Fred Theatre is presenting a recently discovered Restoration comedy that hasn’t been seen on stage for more than three centuries. The Dutch Lady turned up in a manuscript buried in the bowels of Boston public library, in the USA. So far the play remains anonymous. Forgotten for over three centuries, in February 2017,…

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Inaugural Bard’s Night a triumph

Fred Theatre was on hand at the first ever Bard’s Night celebration in Stratford upon Avon in April. An outstanding evening of Shakespeare themed entertainment, music and dramatic performances made for a memorable night of celebration at Stratford’s ArtsHouse, on the eve of the Stratford Literary Festival and just ahead of the Shakespeare Birthday Weekend….

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The Bard’s Night, 2017

various A Stratford Projects Limited event, supported by Fred Theatre April 2017 The ArtsHouse, Stratford upon Avon Director: Robert Ball Cast: Mollie Fyfe-Taylor, Sarah Gordon, Phil Hemming, James Parsons, Peter M. Smith, Claire Sullivan, with music from Bukechi, Diabolus in Musica, and dance from the Stratford Morris.

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Macbeth

William Shakespeare February 2017 Tour (Stratford upon Avon, London, Warwick) and in-school performances Director/Designer: Robert Ball Lighting (Stratford): Nic Walsh Cast: Nathan Blyth, Emmeline Braefield, Sarah Gordon, Neil Jacks, James Parsons, Peter M. Smith

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The Goon Show

Spike Milligan February 2017 Tour (Stratford upon Avon, Birmingham, Shrewsbury) Director: Robert Ball Cast: Phil Hemming, Stephan Bessant, Mark Earby, Richard Usher A co-production with Birmingham Comedy Festival

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