Shakespeare’s Fool

Tuesday April 25, 8:00 pm

Tortive Theatre Company


Written and Directed by Ben Humphrey

Will ‘Cavaliero’ Kempe was one of the finest performers of the Elizabethan age. Gentleman player, juggling jester, headmaster of Morris dancers and London’s finest clown, until…he fell out with Will ‘git-face’ Shakespeare.

Kempe died alone and poverty stricken, not very far from the original Globe Theatre, of which he was an original shareholder and faded into obscurity; a world away from his former life having supposedly originated some of literature’s best-known characters, including Bottom, Dogberry, and Falstaff.

​Join ‘Cavaliero’ Kempe on the streets of London as he gives his final performance to an audience of a mouse and a marrote and tells the tale of his life, his rise to stardom and what really happened between him and William Shakespeare.​

This one-actor show, starring Robin Leetham premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021 and returned in 2022. Shakespeare’s Fool has sold out theatres across the UK, at the National Theatre, Craiova, Romania as part of the International Shakespeare Festival, and is delighted to be  appearing at the York International Shakespeare Festival in 2023.

A bittersweet tale, told by an idiot.

How to Book

Tickets for this production ONLY are being booked through the website of Theatre@41 Theatre@41 Monkgate | Public