Play presentation on famous son to be performed in Alcester church - The Redditch Standard

Play presentation on famous son to be performed in Alcester church

Redditch Editorial 27th Sep, 2018   0

ALCESTER is to host the world premiere of a new play as part of its new cultural festival that celebrates the life of one of its Tudor forefathers.

Professional playwright Stuart Fortey’s Greville’s End will be staged on Saturday, September 29 as part of the Fulke Greville Festival.

The play is set around the life, patronage and murder of Sir Fulke Greville, statesman, politician and poet who was born in Alcester in 1554 and become the saviour of Warwick Castle in the early 1600s.

Fortey’s script brings to life the relationship between Greville and composer, Martin Peerson, who created a significant set of music to Sir Fulke’s sonnets. The play will be a part of a ‘Songs & Sonnets’ event which also features Greville’s own music and poetry.




The work is being directed by London-based TV and film actor, James Rastall.

Stuart studied for an MA in Theatre Studies at Leeds University before working as a lecturer and writer for drama at the University of Giessen in Germany.


Several of his plays have been put into touring productions, including his most recent work The Kaiser & I which is currently touring the north of England and tells the tale of an English dance mistress employed by Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Lise Evans, festival co-organiser, said: “We are thrilled this new play will be premiered in Alcester and will form part of our festival.

“It is entirely fitting that a play about the life of Sir Fulke should be put on in his home town and in the church where his ancestors lie.

“He is after all one of Alcester’s most famous yet forgotten sons.”

The Sonnet & Songs event, which includes the performance of the play, will be at St Nicholas’ Church Alcester.

Tickets are costs £10 via fulkefest.org.uk

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