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Four Thieves' Vinegar

Four Thieves' Vinegar

By Christine Foster

Wednesday 8th - Sunday 26th March 2017 (excluding Monday 13th and 20th) at the Barons Court theatre, 28a Comeragh Rd, London, W14 9HR.

A dark comedy about the Black Death.
1665, Newgate Prison, London.
Matthias, an alchemist, has bankrupted himself trying to find a cure for the plague and has been thrown into prison for debt. There he is joined by Hannah, a garrulous widow, held for raising a riot, and young Jennet, who is sentenced to hang for theft. All three of them are busy plotting against each other in their efforts to escape when the pestilence arrives in the stone pits of Newgate. Whilst the other inmates - believing they are doomed - indulge in debauchery and drunkenness, Matthias begs his reluctant cellmates to help him make his sure-fire remedy. Unfortunately, the missing ingredient is gold - something they have no hope of obtaining without resorting to the only currencies they do have: sex, wit and lies. Four Thieves’ Vinegar explores the behaviour of ordinary people in times of disaster and examines which elements of the human spirit remain indestructible, be it three hundred and fifty years ago, or today.

Nick Howard-Brown

Matthias Richards

Nick trained at East 15 Acting School, graduating in 2008, and his recent theatre credits include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Squire Trelawny / Ben Gunn in Treasure Island, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Clarence / Buckingham in Richard III (all Iris Theatre) and Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe) . Nick's credits whilst in training include Beast in Beauty and The Beast and Aimwell in The Beaux Stratagem.

Kate Huntsman

Jennet Flyte

Kate trained at ALRA, graduating in 2015, and her recent theatre credits include Emily / Molly in Hard Faced Woman (Function Factory), Bett / Rose / Oliver's Mother in Oliver Twist (East Riding Theatre), Martha in Coal Girls (Oldham Coliseum) and Clara in False Choices (the King's Head Theatre). Kate's credits whilst in training include Claire in Road, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream , Betty in The Crucible and Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife.

Pip Henderson

Hannah Jeakes

Pip trained at the Purcell School of Music and the Circus and has had a varied career since with successful stints as a dancer, comedienne, circus performer and stunt woman. Her recent theatre credits include Margaret / Verges in Much Ado About Nothing (Brighton Shakespeare Company), The Wicked Lady Electra in Aladdin (Brighton Emporium), Gertrude in Hamlet (Off The Ground) and Elvira in Blyth Spirit (SP Productions).

Bruce Kitchener

Simon Holt

After a career as a Special Educational Needs Teacher, Bruce took early retirement and trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2015. His recent theatre credits include Keith Port in Northfields (Site Specific, immersive), The Judge in Toy Soldier (Brockley Jack Theatre), Mr Boo in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Brookside Theatre) and Frog in Grand Concourse (Karamel Club). Bruce's credits whilst in training include Dr. Stephen Crossley in 13, Lear in King Lear, Dr Toby Sealey in The Effect and Audrey’s Husband in Audre.

Adam Bambrough

Director / Producer

Adam is a former award winning stage actor with over fifteen years of experience. Four Thieves' Vinegar marks his professional directing debut.

Poppy Howarth

Stage Manager

Poppy recently graduated from Rose Bruford College with a First Class degree in Stage Management. She freelances as a stage manager and is currently working as Assistant Company Manager at the Royal Academy of Music. Her work on professional productions includes Orphée aux Enfers (Hackney Empire); Sleeping Beauty (Oldham Coliseum Theatre), Rise (Old Vic New Voices) and Carmen / La Traviata on tour with Opera Up Close.

Sally Hardcastle

Set and Costume Designer

Sally has recently graduated from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance with a degree in Theatre design. She has designed several productions during her studies in London and has assisted a number of experienced and designers on a range of work. She is particularly interested in the challenges and opportunities of designing for new writing. www.sallyhardcastle.com

Will Alder

Lighting and Sound Designer

Will is a Technical Designer who enjoys a busy career in theatre. His Lighting and Sound designs have been seen on the stages of Shaftesbury Theatre, Wexford Festival Opera, Greenwich Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, The Egg Bath and Cardiff New Theatre. His recent credits include The Wild Party (Mingled Yarn, The Hope Theatre), Riders to the Sea (Wexford Festival Opera) and Hello Oxford (Oxford Playhouse). www.williamalder.co.uk

Josephine Langdon

Production Assistant

Josephine is an aspiring Director and Creative Producer. She has recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies (European), and was ‘highly commended’ for her work by the ‘University Women in the Arts’ scheme. Josephine has written, produced and directed projects of her own, both in Leeds and in her home town of Bristol.

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