what's on

sept 2019

by Robert Louis Stevenson


A compelling one-man show

adapted and performed by Mark Stratford


Running Time: 80 minutes

"Drama King"

The remarkable story of one of the 19th Century's greatest actor-managers:

~ William Charles Macready ~


A one-man show written and performed by Mark Stratford


Length of show = 80 mins (no interval)*

*If interval included: 1st half = 40 minutes, 2nd half = 40 minutes


Sunday 6th & 13th June 2021 @ 2pm - Brighton Fringe (Rialto Theatre) - BOOK TICKETS


performance history

13th October 2019: Watford Palace Theatre Studio

26th September 2020: Abbey Theatre Main Stage, St. Albans (Live streaming)

8th & 9th October 2020: Watford Fringe (Pump House Theatre)

17th & 18th October 2020: Brighton Fringe (Sweet Werks 2)

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This compelling solo show charts the life and times of William Charles Macready, one of the 19th Century’s greatest actor-managers.


The story of Macready - a First Player in the line of Burbage, Garrick, Kemble, and Kean - and the man to whom Charles Dickens dedicated "Nicholas Nickleby" - is one of the most remarkable ever to come out of the Theatre. 


With humour, drama, emotion, and an array of characters, Mark Stratford recounts the highlights of Macready’s life including his first tentative steps on stage in a tatty country theatre to his final ever performance at the mighty Drury Lane.


Production photos & video trailer

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Filmed at the Abbey Theatre, St. Albans