Award-winning playwright Chris Savery’s production of ‘1588’ that made its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year is being performed again at the University of Plymouth’s cutting edge theatre ‘The House’ in the heart of the city on Friday, July 19th, at 7 p.m.

The first reading of ‘1588’ by a talented cast of 15 professional and student actors was showcased at the Marjon Theatre in Plymouth two years ago to much acclaim, and was Chris Savery’s first play in Plymouth for over 30 years, he said.

The play is about the Spanish Armada and the attempt by King Philip II of Spain to invade Elizabethan England. 

Chris has a Masters in Creative Writing and is currently in the final year of his PhD at the University of Plymouth, and many of the original cast are back to captivate local audiences.

Also, the New York based multi-award-nominated KBO Theatre Company will be staging another of Chris Savery’s plays ‘To Win a Crown of Thorns’ directed/co-produced by New York’s three-time award nominee Angie Kristic at the Camden Fringe Festival, Libra Theatre Cafe, on August 8, 2024, at 7 p.m. 

Chris said: “To Win A Crown of Thorns is a big play on words and the flexibility of the English language, and I am immensely proud that three-time award nominee Angie is coming over from the States to direct and produce the play in London.”

The cast includes Will Barton, who played Boris Johnson in the hit show ‘The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson,’ who will be reading the role of Oliver Cromwell.

Chris Savery was first nominated as best playwright for his play ‘Marilyn’ based on Marilyn Monroe, which was nominated for three awards at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York in 2015.

Chris has written several plays, including ‘1588’, that featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival online to great acclaim.

To get your free tickets to see ‘1588’, you can book online.


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