‘I ask you, is laughter treason? Surely not!’
Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman return to The Watermill with the premiere of a new play inspired by extraordinary real-life events.
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.
Thursday 20 September - Saturday 27 October
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury
Box Office 01635 46044
Monday 29 October - Saturday 3 NovemberMonday 5 November - Saturday 10 November
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Box Office 01483 44 00 00
The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Box Office 01473 295900Book OnlineMonday 12 November - Saturday 17 November
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Box Office 01242 572573Book OnlineMonday 19 November - Saturday 24 November
Theatre Royal, Brighton
Box Office 0844 871 7650Book Online
Directed by Caroline Leslie