May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Will Kempe as he gives his final performance to an audience of a mouse and a marotte (a fool’s “bauble”), and tells us what really happened between him and William Shakespeare. A bittersweet tale, told by an idiot. 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. The play premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2021, receiveing rave reviews from audience and critics alike:
“an economic, classy piece directed robustly by Ben Humphrey and brought to life by a multi-faceted Leetham who embraces the tears of the clown… ” ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com
“Robin Leetham returns Kempe to vivid life…entirely believable and likeable. ” ★★★★ TheReviewsHub.com
“Funny, engaging and full of pathos…full of historical detail and information about Shakespeare. Told with energy and humour, I thoroughly enjoyed it.” “A wonderful show! Kempe’s story is told dramatically and very amusingly. If I’d had time I’d love to see it again.”
Please note we do not issue refunds.