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Trial By Laughter - tour extends and includes Richmond Theatre

Trial By Laughter at The Watermill Theatre. Dan Tetsell (Lord Ellenborough). Photo by Philip Tull.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING critical acclaim and huge demand for tickets, Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre have announced a UK tour extension for Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s new play, Trial By Laughter.

In addition to Newbury (where it is currently playing until October 27), Guildford, Ipswich, Cheltenham and Brighton, the show is now set to visit Malvern, Greater Manchester, Chichester, Glasgow, Richmond (February 18 to February 23), Milton Keynes and Eastbourne in early 2019.

In 1817, bookseller, publisher and satirist William Hone stood trial for parodying religion, the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. In 2018, the satirists Ian Hislop and Nick Newman rediscover this forgotten hero of free speech and ask if just over two hundred years later our press has any greater freedom.

The current cast includes Helena Antoniou (as Lady Hertford), Philippe Edwards (Sidmouth), Jeremy Lloyd (Prince Regent), Peter Losasso (Cruickshank), Nicholas Murchie (Justice Abbott/Duke of York), Joseph Prowen (Hone), Eva Scott (Lady Conyngham/Sarah) and Dan Tetsell (Lord Ellenborough), with casting for 2019 to be confirmed in due course.

Read more about Trial By Laughter.

Image: Trial By Laughter at The Watermill Theatre. Dan Tetsell as Lord Ellenborough. Photo by Philip Tull.