When Shakespeare died, he famously left his wife Anne only one thing, the second best bed.
This superb one-woman play, full of both humour and pathos, has received great critical acclaim since its premier at the Swan Theatre Worcester in 2012. Liz Grand stars as Anne Hathaway on the night of Shakespeare’s funeral. The wake has finished, the mourners have all gone home, leaving Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he write the plays? His widow would know if anybody did. Wouldn’t she?
Meet Joseph, just about the worst carpenter in the area. He first got to know his wife when she returned to complain about a table she had bought from him. It didn’t stop him asking her out and they eventually got married. A pretty unremarkable marriage until Mary announces that she is pregnant and that Joseph is not the father.
When the boy grows up, he turns out to have a remarkable talent with wood, lending further weight to the idea that Joseph may not be the father! The young man has more important things to do than make furniture, however. He must set out on the road to his destiny; an agonising death followed by the most remarkable set of events the world has ever seen.
This is a stunning one-man play, the story of Jesus seen through the eyes of Joseph, an ordinary and down-to-earth man, dismayed about how his image is later portrayed in Christian art work!
Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most prolific. In 1926, she was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events which sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days. However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed then, and for the rest of the life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her.
Actor Liz Grand (previous one-woman show ‘The Second Best Bed’) presents her one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ Did Agatha Christie lie, and if so why? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance which was to affect her for the rest of her life? The answer to all these questions will, as in all good thrillers, be revealed!
On A Role and the Worcester Repertory Company proudly present Vesta, a one woman show about the life and music of Vesta Tilley, written by Chris Jaeger and performed by actress and singer Claire Worboys.
Vesta Tilley is one of the most remarkable female entertainers that has ever lived. Born in Worcester in 1864, she became an international superstar, equally famous on both sides of the Atlantic. She always appeared on stage dressed as a man, although ironically, she did a great deal to further the cause of the women’s emancipation. When she retired, nearly 2 million people signed the “People’s Tribute to Vesta Tilley” She was one of the most beloved performers ever, taken to the very hearts of British people.
To say Annette has never been influence by other styles of music would be a lie.
Annette is open to discovering great music, Annette states ‘ I love great songs and great lyrics’.
Annette will be sharing her love of the great jazz standards and her admiration of other great songs that have inspired her. For this reason ‘Jazz & Me’ tour will start in March 2020