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Stephanie Sinclaire Lightsmith


King’s Head Theatre Presents

Directed and adapted from JM Barrie’s DEAR BRUTUS
by Stephanie Sinclaire

… be careful what you wish for

Shadow Master


– Benedict Nightingale, The Times

“Pleasingly topsy turvy…The tiny stage, house one side and garden the other, is delightfully designed by Georgia Lowe.” 
– Fiona Mountford, The Evening Standard

“Joanna, played with finesse by the suitably glamorous Charlotte Radford, turns … from a steamy seductress into a cardigan wearing drip of a wife … Helen Anker shows her versatility as the snooty Lady Caroline who turns free spirit in the woods, and Neil Henry who at one moment seems perfectly cast as the sappy and crooked servant and at the next inhabits the skin of a money-hungry city worker with similar ease, is as thrilling in his acting as in his magic, while Billy Geraghty’s tormented artist is masterful.”
– Kate Jackson, What’s On Stage

“FOUR STARS….Director Stephanie Sinclaire has cast her characters beautifully and added modern relevance to her adaptation….This is an elegant, stylish production … ”
– Aline Waites, Ham & High

“Satisfying emotional resonance”
– Andrew Haydon, Time Out

“Keith Faulkner plays Lob with confidence and ease, his fluid body drifting around the set controlling the action and keeping the servants in order. Neil Henry as the butler Matey turns his hand to some real magic, which is always a delight, and in the second half pairs off with the snooty Lady Caroline – Helen Anker, in a plum role. Naomi Preston-Low steals the show as the perky and precocious innocent of the piece, Margaret.

In a love triangle, Oliver Stoney plays a seedy musician who cheats on his wife. Katherine Kastin is Mabel, a vivacious actor who brings energy to the role and works remarkably well opposite Charlotte Radford as the flighty Joanna. Billy Geraghty and Oona Kirsch complete the dinner party as a couple on the verge of emotional collapse, mourning for the child they never had Stephanie Sinclaire’s direction is tight and is complimented by a superb artistic team, including some wonderful movement – considering the intimacy of the King’s Head stage – by Marc Urquhart. Georgia Lowe’s wonderful set creates a mystical wood and ancient manor house beautifully coloured and enchantingly lit by Peter Harrison”
– Paul Vale, The Stage

“More Pan’s Labyrinth than Master of Shadows. A magically mysterious piece that feels like a collision between A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I was particularly taken by Neil Henry’s weirdly louche servant. Keith Faulkner plays the master of ceremonies, Lob, like Gene Wilder on angel dust. Helen Anker transforms enjoyably from stuffy Lady Caroline to lively woodland sprite … UNMISSABLE”
– Camden New Journal

Shadow Master

Director/Adapter: Stephanie Sinclaire
Set & Costume Designer: Georgia Lowe
Lighting: Peter Harrison
Original Music: Greg Miles Patmore
Casting: Jimmy Jewell @Ladida Group
Producer: The King’s Head Theatre


Gosford Park meets Midsummer Night’s Dream by way of The Twilight Zone … eerie and atmospheric, moving and funny? Yes, a spooky collaboration between the worlds … James Barrie’s masterpiece comes to life in all its haunting glory in a modernised filmic version! Let Lob, the Machiavellian Master of Ceremonies, lead you into another word on a midsummer’s night. Enter a world of shadow and light …

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