Saturday 28th September 2024

Venue: Chawton House

Doors: 6.30pm | Show: 7-8pm

Unversed …  

Written and Performed by Beckis Cooper and directed by the award-winning Rachel Fowler

An eager young actor in the city of London has got her hands on a discarded copy of Shakespeare’s first folio. Newly printed and the hottest publication in town, all the plays exist together for the very first time. There’s only one problem: the parts are all too out of reach for women to play on the public stage. Come along and be part of the rehearsal as Antonia gives herself permission to speak the verse and explore the profession of being a woman – both onstage and off.

UNVERSED was commissioned and created for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio for Keats House in Hampstead where it premiered to great reviews and has since toured to Doctor Johnson’s House in Fleet Street, The Painted Room in Oxford and will go to Stratford in 2025.

Photography by Marc Gascoigne

Praise for Unversed

“Marvellous concept with incredible characters – a treat for any Shakespeare fan.”

“Just been to Unversed: what a brilliant, passionate, intimate and thoughtful exploration of Shakespeare’s well versed ladies. From Desdemona to Lady Macbeth, I thought Beckis was utterly captivating.”

“Brilliant! I loved every minute of it! What a joy it was tonight – to hear Shakespeare acted so truthfully and with such beautiful expression.”

“Superb acting and wonderfully interactive with the audience.”

“An outstanding performance from an outstanding actor.”

To find out more about the show, visit the website.


Adults: £15
Under 18s: £13
Under 4s + Accompanying Carers: Free

Please note:

  • Drinks will be available to purchase in the Old Kitchen Tearoom from 6.30pm
  • The performance will take place in the Great Hall from 7-8pm
  • Access
    This event is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility, and accessible parking is available. Please contact us in advance for more information.


This performance is part of our Mary Robinson programme, celebrating women on the stage.