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By turns humorous and heartbreaking, The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean celebrates the spirit of one of the most unique talents that British theatre has ever produced.
Written and performed by award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company actor Ian Hughes, this captivating one-man show charts the rise and decline of the great 19th-century actor. Following years of hardship as a strolling player, Kean was catapulted to stardom following his performance as Shylock at Drury Lane in 1814.
Quickly becoming the most popular actor of his day, Kean electrified his audiences with his performances of Shakespeare. Yet within a few short years Kean’s increasingly erratic behaviour, fuelled by drink, ensured audiences remembered Kean for all the wrong reasons.