image for Play item typeThe Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean by Ian Hughes at The Exchange Twickenham

Play, Sun 5 Nov 2017


An acclaimed solo performance by Ian Hughes.

26th January 1814: An unknown actor steps onto the stage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to play Shylock. Following years of hardship and poverty as a strolling player he was determined to be hailed as the greatest actor that England had ever seen.

Within a matter of months Edmund Kean became hugely successful and wealthy -his performances in Shakespeare a talking point in Georgian society, however, soon it was his off-stage behaviour that became a talking point – his affairs and drunkenness affecting his ability to play the great Shakespearean
roles. He collapsed on stage playing Othello and died some weeks later in Richmond upon Thames leaving £600 in debts.

The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean is a one man show written and performed by award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company actor, Ian Hughes charting the rise and fall of this 19th century actor.

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 5 Nov 2017 19:30


£12.00 - £6.00
Tickets from The Exchange box office:



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