Trademark Touring and
Watermill Productions
Present


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“I ask you, is laughter treason? Surely not!”


THE SHOW


Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter.

William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’.

The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy.

CAST


HELENA ANTONIOU
Lady Hertford

PHILLIPE EDWARDS
Sidmouth

JEREMY LLOYD
Prince Regent
PETER LOSASSO
Cruickshank

NICHOLAS MURCHIE
Justice Abbott/Duke of York

JOSEPH PROWEN
Hone

EVA SCOTT
Lady Conyngham/Sarah

DAN TETSELL
Lord Ellenborough


CREATIVE TEAM


CAROLINE LESLIE
Director

DAVID PARFITT
Producer

BOB BENTON
Producer

IAN HISLOP
Writer

NICK NEWMAN
Writer


DORA SCHWEITZER
Designer

MATT LEVENTHALL
Lighting Designer

STEVE MAYO
Sound Designer


BOOKING


20th Sep – 27th Oct

Watermill Theatre
Bagnor
Newbury
RG20 8AE

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29th Oct – 3rd Nov

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 3UX

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5th – 10th Nov

New Wolsey Theatre
Civic Drive
Ipswich
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12th – 17th Nov

Everyman Theatre
Regent Street
Cheltenham
GL50 1HQ

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19th – 24th Nov

Theatre Royal Brighton
New Road
Brighton
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21st – 26th Jan

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Malvern
Worcestershire
WR14 3HB

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29th Jan - 2nd Feb

The Lowry
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Salford
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4th – 9th Feb

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Chichester
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PO19 6AP

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11th – 16th Feb

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Glasgow
G2 4JN

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18th – 23rd Feb

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The Green
Richmond
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25th Feb – 2nd Mar

Milton Keynes Theatre
500 Marlborough Gate
Central Milton Keynes
MK9 3NZ

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5th – 9th Mar

Devonshire Park Theatre
Compton Street
Eastbourne
BN21 4BW

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20th Sep – 27th Oct

Watermill Theatre
Bagnor
Newbury
RG20 8AE

BOOK NOW

29th Oct – 3rd Nov

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 3UX

BOOK NOW

5th – 10th Nov

New Wolsey Theatre
Civic Drive
Ipswich
Suffolk IP1 2AS

BOOK NOW

12th – 17th Nov

Everyman Theatre
Regent Street
Cheltenham
GL50 1HQ

BOOK NOW

19th – 24th Nov

Theatre Royal Brighton
New Road
Brighton
BN1 1SD

BOOK NOW

21st – 26th Jan

Malvern Theatre
Malvern
Worcestershire
WR14 3HB

BOOK NOW

29th Jan – 2nd Feb

The Lowry
Pier 8 The Quays
Salford
M50 3AZ

BOOK NOW

4th – 9th Feb

Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 6AP

BOOK NOW

11th – 16th Feb

Glasgow Kings Theatre
297 Bath Street
Glasgow
G2 4JN

BOOK NOW

18th – 23rd Feb

Richmond Theatre
The Green
Richmond
TW9 1QJ

BOOK NOW

25th Feb – 2nd Mar

Milton Keynes Theatre
500 Marlborough Gate
Central Milton Keynes
MK9 3NZ

BOOK NOW

5th – 9th Mar

Devonshire Park Theatre
Compton Street
Eastbourne
BN21 4BW

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