The Duke in the Cupboard
Posted: 12 Oct 2015
House, South Shields
cast, powerfully led by Graham Overton, more than did justice to the opening
night of a new play by Susan Wear.
in the Cupboard’ is based on the true story of a 61-year-old Tyneside bus
driver who managed to steal and conceal an original Goya portrait of the Duke
of Wellington from the National Gallery – not for personal gain but to aid his
determined campaign for free TV licences for the elderly.
like a serious plot but a packed opening night found it a genuinely funny and
highly entertaining evening that ventured into a farce that was aided by
impeccable timing, which was doubly commendable for the first night. Credit
here too for director Katy Weir.
playwright Susan Wear, could well have an ongoing success on her hands with her
first play. As Director of Corporate Affairs for the Port of Tyne, Susan
couldn’t have chosen a better venue than the Customs House, still my favourite
star-studded audience included actress Melanie Hill, as well as sports stars Steve
Cram, Brendan Foster, Dick Malone and Ritchie Pitt. Maybe they know when
they’re onto a winner?