Play takes witty look backstage into the life of an actor

A Life in Theatre at the Pomegranate, Chesterfield
A Life in Theatre at the Pomegranate, Chesterfield
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A Life in Theatre, Pomegranate

Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage before and after a theatrical performance?

A Life In The Theatre, making a one-night appearance at tyhe Chesterfield theatre tonight, Monday, is a rare glimpse into the world of actors.

A world which inhabits fluffed lines, missed cues, and disastrous wardrobe malfunctions.

The play looks at the relationship between two actors as they rehearse, prepare for, and perform a season of plays at a repertory theatre not unlike Chesterfield!

Robert is a veteran, an old school actor, part of an ongoing tradition. Sharing a dressing room with him is John, a young actor of growing skill and confidence.

Offstage, they seemingly have a cordial, relationship until time passes and it’s obvious that the two are pretending as much offstage as on.

David Mamet’s 1977 play, which has been described as “a love letter to theatre”, clearly draws on the dramatist’s own early experience as an actor.

Mamet has written classic modern plays including Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the Plow.

A Life in Theatre is full of an affection and nostalgia for the business and especially the kind of rep company to which his actors belong. It is peppered with witty insights and one-liners.

Alongside the laughter there is also a great deal of heart. A Life In The Theatre is an insight into the life of an actor.

Tickets are priced adult £15, child £11, concessions available and available to purchase by calling the Chesterfield Theatres Box Office on 01246 345 222 or online