Actor’s five one-man plays in five nights at Welwyn Garden City theatre

PUBLISHED: 17:32 31 October 2011

Guy Masterson will appear in American Poodle at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City on Tuesday, November 15

Guy Masterson will appear in American Poodle at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City on Tuesday, November 15


ACTOR Guy Masterson will be performing a theatrical marathon in Welwyn Garden City next month by appearing in five different one-man plays – American Poodle, Under Milk Wood, Fern Hill, Animal Farm and Shylock – on successive nights at Campus West.

ROLES in five different plays over five nights would stretch most actor’s versatility and endurance.

However, when the productions are solo shows featuring countless characters, that’s a pretty tall order and an extraordinary theatrical feat.

Highly-acclaimed actor Guy Masterson will be performing such a marathon at Campus West in WGC next month when he showcases American Poodle, Under Milk Wood, Fern Hill, Animal Farm and Shylock over successive nights on the Hawthorne Theatre stage.

Explaining why he is undertaking this exhausting one-man mini-festival, Guy said: “I want to help maximise the quality and perception of professional theatre in Welwyn Garden City and to raise awareness of the wonderful Hawthorne Theatre at Campus West.

“It’s a brilliant community resource right on our doorstep.”

Now based at Campus West himself, Guy may not be a household name but has forged his craft on the boards over 20 years and won numerous awards to boot.

An accomplished actor, director and producer, he is best known for his one-man productions, most famously Morecambe, which was a major West End hit and won an Olivier Award.

The nephew of the late Richard Burton, he also directed The Odd Couple with Bill Bailey and Alan Davies, smashing the Edinburgh Fringe box office record.

As an actor, he’s appeared in Dennis Potter’s Cold Lazarus and Casualty on BBC.

But it’s on the stage that the Northaw resident has really made his name.

Described as Steven Berkoff’s heir apparent, six of the top 10 solo shows have been originated through Guy.

And he’ll be staging five of them in WGC from Tuesday, November 15 to Saturday, November 19.

The Five By One with Guy Masterson run opens with American Poodle, two hilarious plays for the price of one.

As well as being a satirical and entertaining look at the relationship between ‘us and them’, it’s also excellent for those studying American history.

Guy’s spellbinding interpretation of Dylan Thomas’ magical classic Under Milk Wood follows on the Wednesday night.

There are 69 characters in total and Guy is the only person ever to attempt a one-man adaptation.

Continuing the Dylan Thomas theme, Guy will perform a selection of rarely heard or performed poems in Fern Hill.

George Orwell’s barnyard classic Animal Farm is the penultimate show, with Masterson switching from animal to animal, with each possessing a different voice and unique characterisation.

With a running time of two hours, Animal Farm is one of the most successful solo pieces of the last 15 years and this will be the last time Guy performs the play.

Completing the week is Shylock, which premiered at the Hawthorne Theatre in January and went on to be a hit in Adelaide and was nominated for best solo show in the Edinburgh Fringe.

It’s a must for Shakespeare lovers and those studying drama and English.

Tickets cost £10 per show, or £37.50 for all five.

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