Four talented actors will be telling a fascinating story in a new play in June.
Each of them has played prominent roles in productions for some of the top dramatic societies in Lichfield.
The play, Boothby’s Gift, is penned by another Lichfield actor and writer, David Titley.
It features Ian Henderson as Sir Brooke Boothby, the man responsible for bringing the famous Herkenrode Glass from an Abbey in Belgium to Lichfield in 1803.
Adrienne Swallow plays Mother Josephine, the last Abbess of Herkenrode, Nigel Lowe is the Deputy Commisioner Jean-Baptiste Arnoul and Ian Parkes plays property developer Pierre Libotton.
Six years ago, Nigel Lowe, known for his performances with Lichfield Players, Shakespeare in the Park and Lichfield Operatic Society, decided to pursue more of his passion for acting and became a professional featured/supporting artiste in the film and TV industry.
His TV appearances include Broadchurch, Peaky Blinders, Father Brown and Danny and the Human Zoo which starred Lenny Henry. Films include Theory of Everything, Mission Impossible and The Muppets Most Wanted.
Adrienne Swallow is a featured performer with Lichfield Players and Shakespeare in the Park and is well-known for her appearances with Intimate Theatre – notably as Mrs Lee in Cider with Rosie and in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.
Ian Henderson is also a regular performer with Intimate Theatre, most recently in a Lichfield Festival production of Hedda Gabler. He has appeared in 13 productions with Shakespeare in the Park and at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham in Ayckbourne’s Season’s Greetings.
Ian Parkes can be seen regularly in Lichfield Players’ productions, most recently as Rene in Allo Allo. With other local groups he has performed in Animal Farm, As You Like it, God of Carnage, Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime and Waiting for Godot.
Boothby’s Gift, a Lichfield Mysteries production, will run on June 9 and 10 at Wade Street Church. Tickets are £8, available from the Samuel Johnson Birthplace on Market Square or on the door. For details call 01543 264972 or visit www.lichfieldmysteries.co.uk.