SECOND Thoughts offer a love-letter to amateur dramatics when they present A Bunch of Amateurs at the Bear Pit in Stratford next week.
But it’s Stratford Players in Suffolk desperately need King Lear to be a success or it will be their last ever production and their theatre will be demolished for redevelopment.
Maybe a big box office star will save them ? Enter Jefferson Steele, long-time Hollywood action hero, to play his very first Shakespeare role – live and on stage.
Unfortunately, his agent, unable to find him work in the States, has allowed him to believe he is coming to Stratford-upon-Avon and the RSC.
Cue comedy, frustration, culture-shock and a surprising finale in affectionate study of amateur theatre by Private Eye’s Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.
Jefferson Steel is played by well-known Stratford actor Pete Cubitt. Second Thoughts regulars joining him in the cast include Rachel Alcock, Brian Emeney and Nick Bate. Newcomers to the group are Jane Grafton, Vanessa Gravestock and Stacey Warner.
Nic Walsh directs, and original music has been written by Andrew Holtom and Amy Gardyne.
The production runs from February 21 to 24.
Visit www.secondthoughts.org.uk for further details.