Foul Pages

20 Feb - 17 Mar 2018
The Hope Theatre
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“We’re going to get it up the arse by the future King of England…
Thank God we rehearsed.”

It’s 1603, the plague is ravaging London, scattering the court to the rural countryside of Wiltshire and delaying the coronation of the soon to be King James I. In this outrageous comedy, while actors rehearse, despite backstage squabbles and sexual politics, Shakespeare and the Countess of Pembroke struggle with the rewrites of ‘As You Like it’ which must appeal to the new king’s merciful nature and seduce him into releasing the condemned Sir Walter Raleigh. A fruity farce full of scandalous secrets, backstage betrayals and lusty liaisons. You think you know your Shakespeare?… Think again!

Following five critically acclaimed and award-winning in-house productions, The Hope Theatre (Fringe Theatre of the Year nominee, The Stage Awards 2016) presents the world premiere of FOUL PAGES by Robin Hooper (Ex Literary Manager of the Royal Court and Paines Plough). Directed by Matthew Parker; The Hope’s Off West End award-winning Artistic Director, it follows Matthew’s hugely successful ★★★★★ productions of LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR (winner of 2 Off West End Awards; transferred to West End 2015), SEA LIFE (4 Off West End Award nominations), STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Winner of 2 Break A Leg Critics Choice Awards inc Best Off West End Production), HER ACHING HEART (Best Play, Spy In The Stalls Awards and 3 Off West End Award nominations) and BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE (2 Off West End Award nominations and 3 Break A Leg Nominations).

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Praise for Matthew Parker’s previous in-house productions at The Hope:
★★★★★ “Silly, challenging & touching” Carn’s Theatre Passion on Her Aching Heart
★★★★★ “Riotous rom-com romp” Grumpy Gay Critic on Her Aching Heart
★★★★★ “This is pure theatre!” IThankyou Theatre on Brimstone & Treacle
★★★★★ “Uniquely brilliant” Views From The Gods on Steel Magnolias
★★★★★ “Heartwarming and funny” West End Wilma on Steel Magnolias
★★★★★ “Utterly fantastic from start to finish” London Theatre1 on Sea Life

Cast

  • Mary: Clare Bloomer
  • Peg: Olivia Onyehara
  • Chop: James King
  • Alex: Lewis Chandler
  • Rob: Thomas Bird
  • Will: Ian Hallard
  • Ed: Greg Baxter
  • James: Tom Vanson
  • Mears: Jack Harding

Creatives

  • Writer: Robin Hooper
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Producers: Benjamin Alborough & Anthony Orme for The Hope Theatre
  • Designer: Rachael Ryan
  • Sound Designer: Paul Freeman
  • Lighting Designer: Ben Jacobs
  • Stage Manager: Freya Jefferies
  • Assistant Director: Kennedy Bloomer
  • Production Assistant: Rob Ellis