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Shakespeare's Fool - Tuesday 23rd January, 7.30pm - Tealby Village Hall

75 mins + No interval

presented by Tortive Theatre

Suitable for: Adults/Family (8+)

Ticket prices: £12.50 Standard / £7.50 Under 16

Available at Tealby Village Shop


Join ‘Cavaliero’ Kempe on the streets of London as he gives his final performance to an audience of a mouse and a marrotte and tells the tale of his life, his rise to stardom and what really happened between him and William Shakespeare.

Will 'Cavaliero' Kempe was one of the finest performers of the Elizabethan age. Gentleman player, juggling jester, headmaster of Morris dancers and London's finest clown, until...he fell out with Will 'git-face' Shakespeare.


Kempe died alone and poverty stricken, not very far from the original Globe Theatre, of which he was an original shareholder and faded into obscurity; a world away from his former life having supposedly originated some of literature's best- known characters, including Bottom, Dogberry and Falstaff.


This one-actor show, starring Robin Leetham, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021 to full houses and received rave reviews from critics and audience alike. A brilliant one-man show perfect for all and particularly any drama and history buffs.

A bittersweet tale, told by an idiot.


'Beautifully written; doesn’t flag once in its 75-min run-time, which is particularly impressive in a one-man show.' Audience Member ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com 'Was completely captured by this powerful performance, and learnt a lot from it. Recommended even if you're not a Shakespeare buff.' Audience Member




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