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The Beard of Avon

Author: Amy Freed

Summary: Honest, appealing country bumpkin, Will Shakspere, leaves his shrewish wife in Stratford-on-Avon to pursue an acting career in London. He is given the patronage of the wicked, charming, sexy Earl of Oxford who happens to be a closet playwright. He can't put his own name on his plays so he seeks a mask... a beard... And he isn't the only closet playwright in London!

In a style that marries Shakespeare in Love with Blackadder, playwright Amy Freed dares to tackle the perennial who-wrote-Shakespeare's-plays debate and succeeds magnificently. A hilarious and fitting end to the New Zealand-wide Shakespeare Compleate Workes festival, The Beard of Avon is the perfect way to wind down to Christmas.

Dates and times: Wednesday 25 November to Saturday 28 November 2009 at 8 pm, Saturday 28 November at 3 pm, Tuesday 1 December and Wednesday 2 December at 6.30 pm, Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 December at 8 pm

Tickets: $22 adults, $20 seniors and students, $15 Stagecraft members, $12 school students. Two tickets for $22 on the first Thursday for all ticket categories.


  • Will Shakspere - Tom Rainbird
  • Edward de Vere - Chris O'Grady
  • Queen Elizabeth - Gillian Boyes
  • Anne Hathaway - Felicity Cozens
  • Lady Lettice - Gabrielle Stewart
  • Old Colin/Richard Burbage - Thomas Rimmer
  • Henry Wriothesley/Earl of Derby - Andrew Cross
  • John Heminge - Rodney Bane
  • Henry Condel - Deone Smith
  • Geoffrey Dunderbread - Susannah Donovan
  • Francis Bacon/Walter Fitch - David Adams
  • Francis Walsingham - Alec Rogers

Crew: Rob Hickey (director), Rodney Bane (production manager), David Murray (prompt), Tessa Alderton (stage manager), Marina Barber (general assistant), Corinna Bennett, Joy Hellyer (props), Mary Claire Reilly, Susan Moore (wardrobe), Matthew Leather, Devon Heaphy (lighting design), Dan Weatherhead (lighting rigger), Simon Boyes (sound designer, set builder), Susan Page, Leslie Craven (sound operator), Stephen Fearnley, Sam Perry, Alec Rogers, Alan Carabott (set builder), Shannon Tubman (front of house), Jack Wass (photographer)

Last updated 2 November 2013

The Beard of Avon

The Beard of Avon

The Beard of Avon