The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre: Act One presents

Bartholomew Fair

‘Tis in fashion to go to the fair

A riotous blend of disguise, deceit, disgust, the pursuit of pleasure and the attempts to stop it are brought to life in this lively and outrageous new production of Jonson’s greatest comedy.

Four hundred years after its first performances, Bartholomew Fair still has plenty to say about 21st century figures of power and authority and those who live on the wrong side of the law or who try to buck the status quo.

Set as a modern day music festival, Bartholomew Fair, attracts a host of characters from a vast array of backgrounds. They include the wealthy young fools, bad tempered teachers, pompous and petty legal pedants, religious fanatics, pickpockets, stallholders and hedonistic performers. There is a fine line between triumph and humiliation at the Fair, but who will experience which?

Act One has developed a reputation for new and innovative work over many years and has championed new writing as well as a fresh approach to classical texts. Previous successes have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Under Milk Wood, Good Times, Canterbury Tales, His Dark Materials, The Ghosts of Tyneham and last year’s powerful musical drama, Welcome to Terezin.

 

By Ben Jonson

Directed by Adam Forde

ADULTS £11 UNDER 18s £9

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