The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean
‘A perfect mix of dramatic ingredients - lovingly written and wonderfully performed by Ian Hughes’. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Actdrop
Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 April 2019, 7.30pm
Written and performed by Award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company actor Ian Hughes, The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean charts the rise and decline of the great 19th Century actor. Following years of hardship as a strolling player, Kean was catapulted to stardom following his performance as Shylock at Drury Lane in 1814. Quickly becoming the most popular actor of his day, Kean electrified his audiences with his performances in Shakespeare. Yet within a few short years Kean’s increasingly erratic behavior, fuelled by drink, ensured audiences remembered Kean for all the wrong reasons.
By turns humorous and heartbreaking, The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean celebrates the spirit of one of the most unique talents that British theatre has ever produced.
Ian spent over a decade at The Royal Shakespeare Company. He was the winner of the 1st Ian Charleson /Royal National Theatre Award for Best Actor presented to him by Sir Alec Guinness. His many TV appearances include Dr. Who, Robin Hood, Torchwood, Alienists, Ransom, Gavin & Stacy, Mutual Friends and Stella.