As you like it. Foul Pages premieres at The Hope Theatre

“We’re going to get it up the arse by the future King of England…Thank God we rehearsed.”

The Hope Theatre, London, is to stage the world premiere of Robin Hooper’s Foul Pages, an outrageous insight into theatrical mayhem during a period of regal and political transition.

Foul Pages is a fruity farce full of scandalous secrets, backstage betrayals and lusty liaisons. You think you know your Shakespeare?… Think again.

It’s 1603, the plague is ravaging London, scattering the court to the rural countryside of Wiltshire and delaying the coronation of the soon-to-be King James I.

While actors rehearse, despite backstage squabbles and sexual politics, Shakespeare and the Countess of Pembroke struggle with the rewrites of As You Like It, which must appeal to the new king’s merciful nature and seduce him into releasing the condemned Sir Walter Raleigh.

Foul Pages is written by Robin Hooper, the former literary manager of the Royal Court and Paines Plough, and directed by The Hope’s Off West End award-winning artistic director, Matthew Parker.

The production follows Matthew’s hugely successful stagings of Lovesong of The Electric Bear, Sea Life, Steel Magnolias, Her Aching Heart and Brimstone and Treacle.

Foul Pages is part of the 2018 winter/spring season which also includes My Gay Best Friend (running until Jan 27), written and performed by Louise Jameson and Nigel Fairs, Moments and Empty Beds, (Jan 30 – Feb 17) and Our Big Love Story (Mar 20 – Apr 7).

Foul Pages runs at The Hope Theatre from February 20 – March 17.

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