REVIEW: A Hard Act To Follow

A Hard Act To Follow.
A Hard Act To Follow.
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YOU’VE got just one chance to catch A Hard Act To Follow – the latest offering from Hambledon Productions – at Sheffield’s Library Theatre tonight (September 17), writes David Dunn.

The comedy is written by John Hewer, co-founder the locally-based theatre company specialising in new and local talent in the arts - including writing, acting and technical.

A family-friendly show, A Hard Act marks the fifth tour from Hambledon since it began in 2007. “The play, which has been read by the Royal Court, is to be performed in London fringe venues next year,” says John.

“But we always make a point to premiere our productions to local audiences so we’re at the Library Theatre, for one night only.”

The story centres on Benjamin Lecrosse, a matinee idol of the 1960s, who secures himself the title role in a production of Hamlet.

“He is overjoyed at the possibility of achieving his lifelong dream. The theatre producers, however, are not so sure and the recently graduated would-be actor Paul Upshott (playing Peasant Eight) is to be Lecrosse’s understudy.

“This witty comedy of one-up-man-ship and saving face is a riot of comic timing, characterisation and morality.”

The show starts at 7.30pm at the Tudor Square venue. Tickets, priced £8/£6, are available from the box office on 01472 388019 or via