The Second Best Bed

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  • Thu 10 Oct 2024 - 7:30 pm


‘The Second Best Bed’ by Avril Rowlands, starring Liz Grand, directed by Chris Jaeger.

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 (Mrs Churchill) 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?

Liz Grand performed ‘The Second Best Bed’ at the International Shakespeare in Romania in April 2018 and was given three curtain calls and a standing ovation for over five minutes from the international audience.

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

“Liz Grand as Anne is magnificent. The eighty minutes of performance time never dragged and much of that comes down to Grand’s compelling performance.” International Shakespeare Review

“Our Cheltenham audiences loved ‘The Second Best Bed’, considering it a ‘tour de force’.  Real value-for-money theatre with great production values.” Paul Milton -Artistic Director Cheltenham Everyman

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