Riverside Drama Company to perform hit comedy in Long Eaton

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Riverside Drama Company return to the stage with their latest production, A Bunch Of Amateurs.

Written by Nick Newman and Ian Hislop, the comedy can be seen at the Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, from June 21-23.

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steel arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that he’s not in the birthplace of the Bard, but in a sleepy Suffolk village called Stratford St John.

Instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s inflated ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide, he discovers some home truths about himself – along with his inner Lear.

The play was first a film starring Burt Reynolds, Samantha Bond, Sir Derek Jacobi and Imelda Staunton. It was chosen in 2008 for the Royal Film Performance, and The Queen apparently enjoyed it so much that she requested a screening at Sandringham that Christmas.

Its writers have penned scripts for the likes of Harry Enfield and Spitting Image, and Ian Hislop is probably best known for being the editor of Private Eye, and a regular panellist on Have I Got News For You.

Although Riverside are an amateur company, the cast consists of several members who have already trodden the boards at the Swan Theatre in Stratford, as part of the RSC Open Stages season.

Tickets are available by calling 0115 9721826, online at www.riversidedrama.com or at the Duchess Theatre coffee morning from 10am – 12noon.

The theatre is located at Chatsworth Centre, West Gate, Long Eaton, NG10 1EF. There is ample free parking for evening performances.