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Riotous new comedy from writer Richard Bean (One Man Two Guvnors), directed by Phillip Breen (The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Shoemaker's Holiday).
Award-winning playwright Richard Bean - he of One Man, Two Guvnors fame - is the impressive talent behind this ‘riotous new comedy’, here being co-produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Hull Truck Theatre. Set in the spring of 1842, its central character is the governor of Hull, Sir John Hotham, a man charged by Parliament with the task of denying King Charles I entry into the city.
“The reason the play is called The Hypocrite,” explains Richard, “is that Sir John told some people that he was for Parliament, and others that he supported the king. He was tasked by Parliament with securing Hull’s arsenal but later turned to the king's side, refusing to supply the Parliamentarian Thomas Fairfax with powder and munitions.”
The production stars Game Of Thrones’ Mark Addy (pictured) as Sir John and longtime television favourite Caroline Quentin as his wife, Lady Sarah Hotham.
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