A BUNCH OF AMATEURS HAS BEEN CAST - CONGRATULATIONS
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!
- JEFFERSON STEELE– A fading Hollywood star who is arrogant, insecure, brash, gauche, demanding, vulnerable and ultimately aware of his own absurdity.
- DOROTHY NETTLE– Director of the Stratford Players and the moving force behind keeping the theatre alive. Her sweet and accommodating manner conceals her inner steel.
- JESSICA STEELE– Jefferson’s teenage daughter, who has been neglected by her Hollywood star father and now wants to make him pay for it.
- NIGEL DEWBURY– Solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players. Pompous, stuck-up and self-regarding, he believes he is the star of the show, and should play all the leading roles. He also fancies his romantic chances with Dorothy.
- MARY PLUNKETT– Owner of the Rectory bed and breakfast. Jolly, generous and an unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steele fan — although somewhat confused about which roles he played in his films, and how keen he is on her.
- DENIS DOBBINS– Handyman and village Mr. Fixit. Avuncular though slightly dull, Denis is star-struck by Jefferson and fancies heading up his entourage of one.
- LAUREN BELL– A marketing executive former physiotherapist and the sponsor’s wife. Passionate about the arts and smarter than her husband allows her to be, she’s treated as a bimbo because of her looks.
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