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"Macready! Dickens’ Theatrical Friend"

June 21 @ 19:00

"Macready! Dickens' Theatrical Friend"

Written and performed by Mark Stratford

This compelling show tells the story of the great Victorian actor-manager, Macready – the man to whom Charles Dickens dedicated Nicholas Nickleby.

A must for drama fans, this remarkable true tale captures the sheer joy, graft and tribulations (!) of a life lived in theatre.With passion, humour, emotion, and an array of characters, Stratford takes us on a journey through the fascinating world of Victorian theatre and the extraordinary, yet conflicted life of Macready, from his first tentative steps on stage in a tatty country theatre to his final ever performance at the mighty Drury Lane!

Video trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb-veaIy-B8

Duration: 90 mins (including interval)
Age Guide: 12+

Press for this production:


★★★★ “Stratford’s remarkable ability to tell Macready’s story and create characters brings it all to life” (Broadway Baby)


★★★★ “A fascinating and insightful production” (LondonTheatre1)

★★★★ “An entertaining, informative and impressive production… Stratford’s account of Macready’s life whizzes by in the company of one remarkable actor sharing the story of another” (Fairy Powered Productions)

★★★★ “Mark Stratford has come up with a fascinating show which brings Macready to life” (ReviewsGate)
“A very masterclass in how to do a one-man play…a joyous tribute to the acting profession… Stratford’s warm, engaging personality shone through each of the many characters he portrayed” (The Cambridge Critique)
“An entertaining portrait…a timeless story of struggle, perseverance and sacrifice in making a living from one’s art” (British Theatre Guide)
“What a performance! Mark Stratford truly becomes Macready, he does not just act it” (Southwark News)
“The play shows us the many ups and downs of Macready’s career and it’s gripping to watch” (GScene)

“An absolute joy of a production” (Watford Fringe Reviews)

Dinner and a Show!
Bill’s Kitchen, within Ludlow Assembly Rooms, is now offering a 2-course meal before the show for only £15. Buy a ticket that includes the meal and come along to Bill’s Kitchen any time after 5.30pm to eat before the show starts – the earlier you come the bigger the menu selection. Please note that due to the popularity of these events you may be invited to share a table with fellow film fans on the night – if you’d prefer a non-sharing table, please contact Bill’s Kitchen to arrange this separately.
For information about the meals, please contact Bill’s Kitchen directly on 01584 877956 or bill@billskitchen.uk Ludlow


June 21
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