WE can’t get enough of the Tudors, can we? If you have been seduced by improbably glamorous casting for the appalling Henry VIII and endless costume dramas wafting through Montacute House and gardens, you are probably ready for the next reincarnation – Living Spit do Elizabeth I coming to a theatre near you.
The daftly talented duo from North Somerset, Stu McLoughlin and Howard Coggins, are touring their own unique take on the first Elizabeth, Virgin On The Ridiculous, with dates at Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre on 17th May, the Exchange at Sturminster Newton on 24th May, Lyme Regis’ Marine Theatre on 25th May, the Minack Theatre in Cornwall on 11th to 15th June, and their home venue, Theatre Shop at Clevedon, from 27th June to 7th July..
With live original music, silly songs, smutty shenanigans, perfunctory props, and hysterically historical horseplay, Living Spit promise another poorly researched lesson in Tudor history that you’ll never forget.
1558. England. A country divided by religion and politics, teetering on the brink of civil war. The hopes of the nation lie with one woman.
2020. England. A country divided by those who enjoy plays featuring men in dresses and those who don’t. The hopes of the nation lie with two West-Country actors.
Yes, that’s right. By popular demand (and the fact that they can’t be bothered to write a new show) Elizabeth’s back! The third of Living Spit’s (un)Holy Trinity of hilarious heritage historiographies is go as Howard and Stu attempt to tell the story of the greatest monarch that ever lived – Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen.