The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

March 31 – April 1, 2 & 3, 2004


by Nick Young

Directed by
Nick Young

A World Premiere – by author and director Nick Young – currently Artistic Director of Rainbow Shakespeare

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“Outstanding acting and direction”
– Brighton Argus –


Bob Ryder – Francis Bacon

David Peaty – Ben Jonson [Playwright]

Judith Berrill – Elizabeth [Queen of England]

John Garland – Earl of Leicester [favourite of the Queen]

Katie Brownings – Amy Robsart [his wife]

Diane Robinson – Anne Bacon [lady-in-waiting]

Rols Ham-Riche – Sir Robert Asham [Elizabeth’s former tutor]

Tony Brownings – Robert Cecil [Minister to Elizabeth & James]

Katie Brownings – Lady Scales [lady-in-waiting]

Claire Wiggins – Marguerite de Valois [Queen of France]

David Peaty – James Burbage [an actor-manager]

Chris Brownings – Richard Burbage [his son 9yr]

Mark Best – Richard Burbage [his son as a man]

Ross Muir – Earl of Southampton

Rols Ham-Riche – Will Shagspere [an ostler]

Sheelagh Baker – Lady Nottingham [lady-in-waiting]

Simon Druce – A Priest

David Creedon – James 1 [King of England & Scotland]

Judith Berrill – Duke of Buckingham [The King’s favourite ‘Steenie’]

Jan King – Lady Compton [his mother]

Simon Druce – Sir John Villiers [her eldest, impoverished son]

John Garland – Sir Edward Coke [a powerful lawyer]

Sheelagh Baker – Lady Hatton [his wife]

Katie Brownings – Frances Hatton [their daughter]

Simon Druce – Churchill [a legal minion]

Katie Brownings – Alice Bacon [wife of Francis]

Ross Muir – Sir Lionel Cranfield [time-serving politician]

Simon Druce – Sir James Ley [a judge]


Production Crew

Director’s AssistantBetty Dawes

LightingMike Medway

Lighting TechnicianBen Lentz

SoundSimon Snelling

Visual ImagingMalcolm Buchanan-Dick

Technical Stage ManagerDavid Bickers

PropertiesSue Whittaker

PropertiesMargaret Davy

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeSandra Peaty

WardrobeSheila Neesham

Set & Technical CrewDavid Collis

Set & Technical CrewDavid Comber

Set & Technical CrewMike Davy

Set & Technical CrewRobert Mitchell

Set & Technical CrewBrian Box

Set & Technical CrewMarc Lewis

Set PaintingSheila Neesham

Press and PublicityRosemary Bouchy

Press and PublicityRosemary Brown

Press and PublicityJudith Berrill

Box OfficeMargaret Murrell

Front of House Co-ordinatorBetty Dawes