Trial By Laughter


Trial By Laughter
William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ?impious blasphemy and seditious libel'. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the debauched monarchy. Along with his great ally, political cartoonist George Cruikshank, Hone sought vindication for his laughable offences and fought for freedom in one of the most remarkable legal cases of its time.

Performers Helena Antoniou (Lady Hertford), Philippe Edwards (Sidmouth), Jeremy Lloyd (Prince Regent), Peter Losasso (Cruickshank), Nicholas Murhie (Justice Abbott/Duke of York), Joseph Prowen (Hone), Eva Scott (Lady Conyngham/Sarah), Dan Tetsell (Lord Ellenborough).
Author Ian Hislop. Author Nick Newman. Producer Watermill Theatre. Producer Trademark Touring Production. Director Caroline Leslie. Design Dora Schweitzer. Lighting Matt Leventhall. Sound Steve Mayo.

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Tour details for Trial By Laughter

Between 22nd January 2019 and 9th March 2019 this tour will visit 7 venues in Malvern, Salford, Chichester, Glasgow, Outer London, Milton Keynes and Eastbourne. This production has already been seen in 5 venues since 20th September 2018.

Dates for Trial By Laughter (Play) tour

Tue, 22nd January 2019 to Sat, 26th January 2019
  Malvern Theatres, Malvern»

Mon, 28th January 2019 to Sat, 2nd February 2019
  The Lowry, Salford» {1}

Mon, 4th February 2019 to Sat, 9th February 2019
  Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester» {1}

Mon, 11th February 2019 to Sat, 16th February 2019
  King's Theatre, Glasgow» {1}

Mon, 18th February 2019 to Sat, 23rd February 2019
  Richmond Theatre, Outer London» {1}

Mon, 25th February 2019 to Sat, 2nd March 2019
  Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes» {1}

Tue, 5th March 2019 to Sat, 9th March 2019
  Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne»
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