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Foul Pages - Hope Theatre, Islington

Foul Pages

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN by Robin Hooper and directed by Matthew Parker, Foul Pages receives its world premiere at Islington’s Hope Theatre, where it runs from February 20 to March 17, 2018.

We’re going to get it up the arse by the future King of England…Thank God we rehearsed.

Foul Pages is described as a fabulous raucous comedy set around the first production of As You Like It in 1603 as James I succeeds the English throne and courtiers scramble for his approval.

It’s 1603, the plague is ravaging London, scattering the court to the rural countryside of Wiltshire and delaying the coronation of the soon to be King James I.

While actors rehearse, despite backstage squabbles and sexual politics, Shakespeare and the Countess of Pembroke struggle with the rewrites of As You Like It, which must appeal to the new king’s merciful nature and seduce him into releasing the condemned Sir Walter Raleigh.

Foul Pages is a fruity farce full of scandalous secrets, backstage betrayals and lusty liaisons. You think you know your Shakespeare?… Think again!

Matthew Parker was named Best Artistic Director at the Off West End Awards 2017 for his work at The Hope in 2016.

Foul Pages is part of the Hope Theatre’s 2018 winter/spring season which also includes My Gay Best Friend (January 9 – 27) written and performed by Louise Jameson and Nigel Fairs, Moments and Empty Beds written by Julia Cranney and directed by Kate Treadell (January 30 to Ferbruary 17) and Our Big Love Story written by Stephanie Silver and directed by Calum Robshaw (March 20 to April 7).

Tickets: £15, £12 concessions. To book, call the box office on 0333 666 3366 or visit

Time: Tuesday to Saturdays at 7.45pm.