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Macready! Dickens’ Theatrical Friend

The remarkable story of the great Victorian actor-manager, Macready – the man to whom Charles Dickens dedicated ‘Nicholas Nickleby’

Suitable for Age 12 +

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This compelling show - written and performed by Mark Stratford - tells the story of the great Victorian actor-manager, Macready - the man to whom Charles Dickens dedicated "Nicholas Nickleby."

A must for drama fans, this remarkable true tale captures the sheer joy, graft and tribulations (!) of a life lived in theatre.

With passion, humour, emotion, and an array of characters, Stratford takes us on a journey through the fascinating world of Victorian theatre and the extraordinary, yet conflicted life of Macready, from his first tentative steps on stage in a tatty country theatre to his final ever performance at the mighty Drury Lane!

Warnings: 2 instances of a few seconds of flashing lights.


★★★★★ Theatre and Arts Review (Elaine Chapman)

"Fringe Theatre doesn’t get much better than this."

★★★★ Broadway Baby

"Stratford’s remarkable ability to tell Macready's story and create characters brings it all to life” 

★★★★ LondonTheatre1

"A fascinating and insightful production" 

★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions

"An entertaining, informative and impressive production... Stratford’s account of Macready’s life whizzes by in the company of one remarkable actor sharing the story of another"

★★★★ ReviewsGate

"Mark Stratford has come up with a fascinating show which brings Macready to life"

The Cambridge Critique

"A very masterclass in how to do a one-man play...a joyous tribute to the acting profession... Stratford’s warm, engaging personality shone through each of the many characters he portrayed"

British Theatre Guide

"An entertaining portrait...a timeless story of struggle, perseverance and sacrifice in making a living from one’s art" 

Southwark News

"What a performance! Mark Stratford truly becomes Macready, he does not just act it"


"The play shows us the many ups and downs of Macready’s career and it’s gripping to watch"

Watford Fringe Reviews

"An absolute joy of a production"



TICKETS: £10/£8

Family Ticket - £30


Sat 11 May @ 2:45pm

Sat 18 May @ 2:45pm

RUNNING TIME: 80min (1hr 20min No interval)



The Rotunda Theatre

Regency Square




Produced, written, designed and performed by Mark Stratford


Stratford Productions

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