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A Unique Shakespeare Performance

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For those of you living within travelling distance of Stoke-on-Trent, the night of 28 July offers a special opportunity. Alex Knight will be staging his unique one-man Shakespeare experience at the Mitchell Memorial Theatre in Hanley.

Alex takes the role of Nicodemus Merriweather, one of the less than great unknowns of the Shakespearean stage. During the course of the play, Merriweather portrays forty or more characters, some real people, others Will’s own creations in their finest speeches. Hilariously funny, hair-raising, bloody and poignantly sad, ‘Merriweather’ is a great night out for lovers of the Bard and newcomers to Shakespeare alike.

Nicodemus Merriweather (born Nick Meadows in 1571 near St Martins in the field) ran away to join the theatre on his fifteenth birthday. He freely admits the inherent stupidity of his actions.

Thrust into the breach by William Shakespeare himself, Merriweather’s inglorious debut on the London stage both made the history books (‘a night of errors!’) and heralded a career of playing sidekicks, foils, straight men and stooges to all the truly great actors of the age, but while his work may have drawn only moderate praise (‘Really quite good as Fabian’, ‘A convincing Claudio’, ‘Plausible Edgar’), and if triumph came far too late in his life to be exploited, he did serve alongside the greats of his day for more that fifteen years. Now he tells his story.

Merriweather’s perspective is unique, his memory remarkable, and his honesty unflinching. His tenure with the Lord Chamberlain’s – later The King’s – Men took him through turbulent times – The Essex Rebellion, The Gunpowder Plot, a change of royal dynasty; true horror – the execution of Pedro Lopez and his own interrogation in The Clink, and the Plague – while all the time he saw how Will and those closest to him turned life in the late 16th/early 17th centuries into the greatest drama in history.

Theatre address:

Broad Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4HG
Adults £5, NHS employees £4.50, Concs, £4.00
The curtain goes up at 7.30 pm


If you need more information email or memo me.
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Here's the poster for the performance.
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"I hold it to be of great prudence for men to abstain from threats and
insulting words towards any one, for neither the one nor the other in any
way diminishes the strength of the enemy." Niccolo Machiavelli

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