A hard act at Blackfriars

A GRIMSBY production company return to Blackfriars Theatre with A Hard Act To Follow today (Wednesday).

Hambledon Productions will be visiting the Revue Bar at the Spain Lane venue, performing their show from 7.30pm.

It is based around Benjamin Lecrosse, a matinee idol of the 1960s, who secures himself the title role in a production of Hamlet.

He is overjoyed at the possibility of achieving his lifelong dream.

The theatre producers, however, are not so sure, and the recently-graduated would-be actor Paul Upshott (playing Peasant Eight) is to be Lecrosse's understudy.

Paul can name every production Benjamin has appeared in, has his autograph and could practically write his biography.

Paul is awed and delighted at being asked by his agent to be Benjamin’s understudy in Tramplemain Theatre’s production of Hamlet.

Paul prepares to meet his hero, but his desire to be liked and respected is not to be.

This witty comedy of one-up-man-ship and saving face promises a riot of comic timing, characterisation and morality.

The play, which has been read by the Royal Court, is to be performed in London fringe venues next year.

Hambledon productions is co-founded by John and Rebecca Hewer and specialises in new and local talent in the arts including writing, acting and technical aspects.

A Hard Act To Follow marks the fifth tour since 2007.

Tickets £8 (£6 conc)

To book call Blackfriars on 01205 363108.