The play premiered in 1967 at Hampstead Theatre. It subsequently had two Broadway engagements and transferred in 1968 to the West Ends Criterion Theatre where it played 400 performances before moving to the Mayfair Theatre. Those runs combined with extensive international touring earned Dotrice a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the greatest number of solo performances (1,782).
Aubrey, reclusive antiquarian, as he takes you on a nostalgic journey
through history and gives his unique take on days gone by including
all the bits the history books missed out! Which globe-trotting courtier
took a maiden's honour against a tree? Which eminent scientist kept
a pretty young wench to wait on him? And which famous playwrights didn't
only share a love of writing? No one is spared in this stupendous series
of anecdotes about thepersonalities of his time. Oliver Cromwell, William
Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleighand even the Virgin Queen herself are
not exempt from Aubrey’s acerbic and hysterical gossip. Patrick Garland’s
triumphant adaptation of the Memoirs, Miscellanies,
Letters and Jottings of John Aubreypaint a unique portrait of the time
and the inspired use of true theatricality makes this production a must-see.
This brand new production reunites one of the UK’s leading directors,
Patrick Garland (The Mystery of Charles Dickens, Visiting Mr
Green) and Emmy, Tony and BAFTA Award Winner, Roy Dotrice (Amadeus,
The Best of Friends) who shared the success of the record-breakingoriginal
production which was unanimously proclaimed as one of the greatest performances
in the history of theatre on both sides of the Atlantic.
is here - wit, farce, tragedy, pathos, often bawdy, frequently uproariously
funny. A truly delightful entertainment. Roy Dotrice is quite magnificent."
outrageous and incredible. Magically performed by Roy Dotrice."
"A ripe, fascinating, gently bawdy, touchingly wistful evening. A magnificent performance. Hurry along and get tickets." Financial Times
really remarkable performance. Roy Dotrice is superb." Sunday
[Roy Dotrice] doesn't so much play Aubrey as inhabit him funny and illuminating throughout Sussex Times