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Dateline: 10th March, 2006

Not Abou Heroes publicity image
To WH publicity image

Melmoth's Pub Theatre Rep Season

Melmoth Productions is to run a two play rep season at the Hobgoblin Pub Theatre (home of EDC Comedy Club) in Forest Hill, SE23. The season runs from 11th April to 19th May (Tuesday to Saturday).

The season presents Not About Heroes by Stephen Macdonald and the premiere of To WH, by Stuart Draper and also marks the Hobgoblin's development from a stand-up comedy venue to London's newest Fringe Theatre.

The Plays

Not About Heroes
By Stephen Macdonald
When Wilfred Owen was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital for Nervous Disorders in June, 1917, he was suffering from shell-shock after four months in the trenches in France. He aspired to be a poet, but had achieved nothing of note. Following his meeting with the celebrated poet Siegfried Sassoon, Owen developed a friendship with his mentor that set him out on his journey to become the greatest of the War Poets.

7.45pm Tues to Fri
11th to 14th April
25th to 27th April
9th to 12th May

To W.H.
By Stuart Draper with original music by Martin Thisleton
Romeo loved Juliet. Anthony loved Cleopatra. Shakespeare loved Willy.
William Shakespeare (actor, director, playwright, poet, genius) has booked a theatre venue in South London to finally come clean about the mysterious WH of the sonnets. He hasn't banked on the fact that WH, keen for a piece of the limelight, has also turned up, eager to tell his side of the story.

Will's got the whole evening mapped out: a few readings from the sonnets, some extracts from his most famous plays, and a nice and cosy question and answer session. Couldn't be easier.

WH, however, is intent on 'outing' Shakespeare as a lazy, drunk, arrogant libertine.

Funny and poignant, To WH takes the audience through Shakespeare's life, from his first ill-fated meeting with WH, to his death in Stratford. Punctuated by blues-style renditions of the sonnets from the Dark Lady herself, To WH finally bangs the nail into the coffin of Shakespeare's heterosexuality.

7.45pm, Tues to Fri
April 18th to 21st
May 2nd to 5th
May 16th to 19th

Ticket prices, priced £10/£8 concessions, are available from the box office on 020 7639 5590.

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©Peter Lathan 2006