A headless man in a Tudor doublet

THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, HULL TRUCK THEATRE

AND HULL UK CITY OF CULTURE 2017 PRESENT

THE HYPOCRITE

RICHARD BEAN

Riotous new comedy from award-winning playwright Richard Bean - this brand new co-production is directed by Phillip Breen.

  • Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 29 Apr 2017

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 29 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

24 April, 7:30PM

Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

★★★★★

'World-class farce...'

The i

‘Hugely enjoyable and riotously funny historical romp’

The i

‘A mood quite brilliantly captured by director Phillip Breen’

The i

‘Mark Addy is faultless as Sir John Hotham’

The i

‘Sarah played by the excellent Caroline Quentin’

The i

‘The outstanding cast assails the audience from the start’

The i

‘Grant Olding’s spine tingling music and lyrics deserve a special mention’

The i

‘This is an excellent choice for City of Culture – world class, locally situated farce’

The i

‘Go and see it if you can get a ticket’

The i

★★★★

'Richard Bean returns to One Man Two Guvnors form with a brilliantly entertaining new farce'

Telegraph

‘This return to his roots also feels like a welcome reaffirmation of his status as the funniest playwright on the block’

Telegraph

‘Scabrous, bawdy, witty, often flagrantly silly love-letter to Hull’

Telegraph

‘Caroline Quentin gives a mistress-class in withering disdain’

Telegraph

‘No weak links in the supporting cast: whether it’s Laura Elsworthy as Hotham’s dependable, dead-pan servant Connie, Sarah Middleton as the preposterously wide-eyed, air-headed daughter of the house’

Telegraph

‘Hats off too, to diminutive Ben Goffe, probably the shortest actor to play Charles I but surely the recipient of the biggest laughs in this role too’

Telegraph

‘Warmly recommended (and that includes making the culture-vulture trip to Hull and back)’

Telegraph

‘Richard Bean returns to One Man Two Guvnors form with a brilliantly entertaining new farce’

Telegraph

★★★★

‘Raucously merry piece’

Guardian

‘So warmly received by its audience you could almost feel the local pride bouncing off the theatre walls'

Guardian

'Richard Bean's raucous comedy'

Guardian

‘A palpable delight’

Guardian

★★★★

‘A splendid joint production’

Whatsonstage.com

‘Zanily comical farce’

Whatsonstage.com

‘Vivid performances from all in his 20-strong cast’

Whatsonstage.com

‘Mark Addy is perfectly cast as the principle-free Sir John’

Whatsonstage.com

‘Jordan Metcalfe and Rowan Polonski are a delightfully camp double act as Duke of York and Prince Rupert’

Whatsonstage.com

‘The striking performances continue throughout the cast’

Whatsonstage.com

‘Pierro Niel-Meo’s rational, law-loving Durand Hotham has a touching innocence’

Whatsonstage.com

★★★★

‘That's what I call a History Play!’

Daily Mail

‘A cartwheeling historical farce’

Daily Mail

‘This show is determinedly jaunty’

Daily Mail

‘Mr Addy is on cracking form. His Hotham is an irresistible mix of haplessness, lechery and cynicism’

Daily Mail

‘Caroline Quentin in fine fettle’

Daily Mail

‘Well done Addy and Bean, well done RSC artistic director Greg Doran … and well done City of Culture Hull’

Daily Mail