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The Knight of the Burning Pestle [2014]

Written by: Francis Beaumont
Directed by: Adele Thomas

Quiet please. The audience is waiting. They’ve come to see The London Merchant. It’s the new comedy of manners from Mr Beaumont. It should be hilarious. But hang on. What’s all the commotion? Who is this dim-wit? Rafe who? He can’t be in the play. He’s just a grocer’s apprentice. He wants to what? To play a knight? We don’t need a knight! A knight of the burning what…?

‘Begot and born in eight days’, Beaumont’s uproarious and experimental play was written to be performed at the Blackfriars playhouse by the Children of the Queen’s Revels. Combining salty colloquial prose with charming songs, The Knight of the Burning Pestle was one of the first madcap, mash-up, screwball comedies to hit the English stage and the first to run not one but two plays within-the-play simultaneously.

Phil Daniels and Dickon Tyrrell featured as part of the Adopt an Actor interview series for this production.


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The Telegraph
Dominic Cavendish

"It flits gaily and agreeably over its audience’s heads with an impishness that feels invigorating."

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The Guardian
Michael Billington

"This boisterous production brings Francis Beaumont's 1607 burlesque of citizen drama and chivalric romance to life."

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