Hats off to Adrian Bunting for conceiving such an entertaining theatrical diversion. In one hour he and his talented company told us the story of the disturbances at a theatre in Covent Garden that saw actor John Kemble brought down over an increase in ticket prices after his uninsured theatre was burnt to the ground. It could well have been enjoyed as a history alone but the parallels to modern banking practice where we are all being asked to pay for their mistakes and excesses are more than poignant. Brilliant performances from George Dillon as the arrogant Kemble, Alex Childs as his actress sister Sarah Siddons in a gripping slice of Macbeth, were matched by Steve North as rebellious Henry Clifford, and Julie Nash as Mary Austin Kemble’s supporter who rallied the audience to protest and chant. And given that we were fro the most part reserved Brits, we did a pretty good job of raising the roof and turning the tables on Kemble. A massive slice of fun with a hearty message to boot. I loved it.
The Old Courthouse, 13 May