The Second Best Bed

The Second Best Bed

The Second Best Bed

The Second Best Bed

Sat 21 May, 7:45pm

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When Shakespeare died, he famously left his wife Anne only one thing – the second best bed. This superb one-woman play, full of both humour and pathos, has received great critical acclaim since its premier at the Swan Theatre Worcester in 2012. Liz Grand stars as Anne Hathaway on the night of Shakespeare’s funeral. The wake has finished, the mourners have all gone home, leaving Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he write the plays? His widow would know if anybody did. Wouldn’t she?

“Lifts the lid on a Tudor can of worms……..a showcase for the towering acting skills of Liz Grand.” Worcester News

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  • A super performance which was enjoyed by all. People were certainly discussing it afterwards ….a really good play.

    Elizabeth Davis, Hungerford Arts Festival
  • If there had been less people, I would have cartwheeled out of the theatre!

    Audience member at the Astor Theatre, Deal
  • A good, well-written and thought-provoking play... and a star turn from Liz Grand who never fails to amaze.

    David Wright, ex Chairman of the Swan Theatre, Chairman of the Elgar School of Music
  • Buxom and bawdy, she displayed a passionate feat of character (and memory) as she wove a cunning plot-line of one of the greatest literary mysteries that left the audience spellbound.

    Jude Owens, Cheddar Arts Review
  • A delightful twist to the Shakespeare story which has brought a wonderfully different dimension to the Festival. Absolutely excellent!

    Deborah Liggins, Administrator, Worcester Three Choirs Festival