Buy Tickets From the 2017-2018 Season: William Luce’s Barrymore Playing March 09, 2018 to March 25, 2018

A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show!

Artistic Director Jeff Watkins as John Barrymore / photo by Daniel Parvis

In this riveting two-man play, William Luce brings us a glimpse into the world and artistic process of actor John Barrymore. Barrymore depicts the idolized stage and screen star a few months before his death in 1942 as he rehearses a revival of his triumphant 1920 Broadway performance of Richard III. He spends more time, however, reminiscing about his life, his loves, his career, and the effect his alcoholism had on all of it. Join us for this bittersweet portrait of one of the most famous Shakespearean actors of the twentieth century (who also happened to be Drew Barrymore's Grandfather).

Audience Note: Barrymore contains a smattering of naughty jokes, blue humor, and cussin'. No nudity, though!
Trigger warning: alcoholism
Barrymore is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday March 18 after the show!

Director's Notes

Directed by Andrew Houchins

Show Information


Act One - 45 min / 15 min intermission / Act Two - 25 min (Ending time is approx. 9pm/8pm Sun)

Show Roles

Performances March 9-25, 2018

John Barrymore - Jeffrey Watkins*
Frank the Prompter - Nicholas Faircloth*

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm.

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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