The Second Best Bed

The Second Best Bed

Brought to Blackfriars by Boston Book Festival
Saturday 21st September at 7.30pm

Tickets £10

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When Shakespeare died, he famously left his wife Anne only one thing – the second best bed.

This superb one-woman play, full of both humour and pathos, has received great critical acclaim since its premier at the Swan Theatre Worcester in 2012. Liz Grand stars as Anne Hathaway on the night of Shakespeare’s funeral.

The wake has finished, the mourners have all gone home, leaving Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he write the plays? His widow would know if anybody did. Wouldn’t she?

“Lifts the lid on a Tudor can of worms……..a showcase for the towering acting skills of Liz Grand.” - Worcester News

“Liz Grand as Anne is magnificent. The eighty minutes of performance time never
dragged and much of that comes down to Grand’s compelling performance" - International Shakespeare Review

“Our Cheltenham audiences loved ‘The Second Best Bed’, considering it a ‘tour de force’.  Real value-for-money theatre with great production values.” - Paul Milton -Artistic Director Cheltenham Everyman


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