The Second Best Bed

25th September 7.30pm

Written by Avril Rowlands, starring Liz Grand, directed by Chris Jaeger

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?

“Lifts the lid on a Tudor can of worms……..a showcase for the towering acting skills of Liz Grand.”   Worcester News

“Our Cheltenham audiences loved ‘The Second Best Bed’, considering it a ‘tour de force’.  Real value-for-money theatre with great production values.”                                                           Paul Milton -Artistic Director Cheltenham Everyman

 “Dressed in black, Mrs. Shakespeare mourned the death of ‘our bright star’. But this was neither an ordinary soliloquy nor an ordinary widow. Buxom and bawdy, she displayed a passionate feat of character (and memory) as she wove a cunning plot-line of one of the greatest literary mysteries that left the audience spellbound.”Jude Owens- Cheddar Arts Review  “Thank you and your company for ‘The Second Best Bed’, we were very pleased to sell out. Your team made it a very smooth day and the audience really enjoyed Liz’s performance and the play.”      Brian Kirk – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre 

 “A delightful twist to the Shakespeare story which has brought a wonderfully different dimension to the Festival.  Absolutely excellent!”   

Deborah Liggins – Administrator, Worcester Three Choirs Festival

  “We were thrilled by the play, as was our audience at this sell out event. Liz Grand gave a formidable performance, up close and very personal, generating smiles, laughter and tears. The organisation of the touring theatre was superb, creating a magical set from the back of a transit van.”        Rosalind Turner – Programme Director Shoreham Wordfest

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