The Three Inch Fools Hit the Road: A Summer of Laughter and History

As the summer of 2024 approaches, the renowned theatre troupe, The Three Inch Fools, is set to embark on a vibrant and thrilling tour across the UK. With a reputation for their energetic and musically infused performances, this dynamic company is gearing up to bring two distinct productions to life in over 80 heritage sites.

Get ready for a season filled with laughter, history, and unforgettable performances as they present “The Secret Diary of Henry VIII” and Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.”

The Three Inch Fools take The Secret Diary of Henry VIII and The Comedy of Errors on UK tour of heritage sites

A Season to Remember

The Three Inch Fools are celebrated for their innovative approach to theatre, blending historical narratives with contemporary twists. This summer, they are preparing to captivate audiences with two new shows that promise to be both educational and highly entertaining.

The tour will see these productions staged in some of the UK’s most picturesque and historically significant locations, adding an extra layer of charm and authenticity to the performances.

The Secret Diary of Henry VIII

Kicking off the tour is “The Secret Diary of Henry VIII,” a fresh and humorous take on one of England’s most notorious monarchs. This production delves into the tumultuous life of young Henry VIII as he navigates the complexities of courtly life, warfare, and religious reform.

Audiences can expect a unique portrayal of Henry’s relationships with his infamous wives and his battle to maintain control over the Tudor court. The play promises a blend of historical insight and comedic flair, making it an essential watch for history buffs and theatre lovers alike.

The Comedy of Errors

Alongside “The Secret Diary of Henry VIII,” The Three Inch Fools will present their rendition of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.” Directed by Sean Turner, known for his work on “The Play That Goes Wrong,” this production is set to be a riotous journey of mistaken identities, hilarious mishaps, and endless confusion. The troupe’s signature fast-paced and musical storytelling will bring a fresh perspective to this classic comedy, ensuring that audiences are thoroughly entertained from start to finish.

Special Performance at Kirkstall Abbey

In one of the highlights of the tour, The Three Inch Fools will bring “The Comedy of Errors” to the historic Kirkstall Abbey on June 25th. This ancient and atmospheric venue promises to provide a unique and memorable backdrop for the comedy, enhancing the experience for all attendees. Make sure to mark your calendars for this special performance at one of England’s most iconic heritage sites.

A Tour of Heritage Sites

The tour will commence at Eastbury Manor House in Barking, London, a fitting starting point given its historical significance and beautiful setting. As a National Trust property, Eastbury Manor House provides the perfect backdrop for these open-air performances.

The Three Inch Fools will rehearse and debut their shows in the manor’s picturesque walled garden before taking the tour to various other historic and natural landmarks across the UK.

Meet the Team

The creative force behind these productions includes James Hyde, the Producer and Co-Founder of The Three Inch Fools, and Stephen Hyde, the Director and Writer of “The Secret Diary of Henry VIII” and the Composer for the show.

Sean Turner takes the helm as the Director of “The Comedy of Errors,” bringing his expertise in physical comedy to the stage. The ensemble cast features talented actors such as James Aldred, Lucy Chamberlain, Charlotte Horner, and Peter Long, each bringing their unique flair to these lively performances.

Performance Details

  • The Secret Diary of Henry VIII
    • Press Night: Sunday, 26th May 2024, 3:30 PM
    • Location: Eastbury Manor House, London
  • The Comedy of Errors
    • Press Night: Thursday, 30th May 2024, 7:00 PM
    • Location: Eastbury Manor House, London
    • Special Performance: Kirkstall Abbey, 25th June 2024

Both performances are family-friendly, with a recommended audience age of 6 and above. Each show runs for approximately 100 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

Join the Fun

Don’t miss out on the chance to experience The Three Inch Fools in action this summer. With their unique blend of historical drama, comedy, and music, these performances are set to be a highlight of the 2024 theatre season. Check the schedule and find a performance near you on their official website.

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