World Premiere

The Last Abbot of Reading

A play by Beth Flintoff
Reading Abbey, 2021

Hugh Cook: An unknown monk living quietly at Reading Abbey until a chance encounter with King Henry VIII results in an unexpected promotion. Suddenly propelled into a world of intrigue, politics and danger, Hugh must balance his beliefs with the orders of the formidable King. As England breaks away from Europe, he has to make an impossible choice.

On the 900th year anniversary of the Abbey, this show was a sellout.  

‘This atmospheric, strongly acted show is a model of theatre rooted in and illuminating its locality.’
Mark Lawson, Guardian

‘Assuredly directed by Jonathan Humphreys...This is an enthralling production’
British Theatre Guide

‘The collaboration between director Jonathan Humphreys and writer Flintoff brings history to life in ways that resonate today...Don’t miss this marvellous production.’
Henley Standard

Cast: Dominic Allen, Tim Allsopp, Emma Denly, Joanne Howarth, Alex Hughes, Nathan Ives Moiba, Robin Kingsland and Dani McCallum

Composer: Benjamin Hudson
Design: Sarah Jane Booth
Movement: Sabina Netherclift
SM: Lyndon Baines
Produced by Rabble Theatre