NOVEMBER 2019 | Volume 185


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A Bunch of Amateurs
by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Dr.
Nov. 8-23
$28/$25 or 604-266-7191

A fish-out-of-water comedy with a Shakespearean twist

Metro Theatre is excited to present the Vancouver premiere of A BUNCH OF AMATEURS, written by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman and directed by Catherine Morrison, on stage November 8-23.

Jefferson Steel is an insufferable, out-of-work, ageing Hollywood action hero, desperate to revive his flagging career as well as improve his relationship with his aspiring actress daughter Amanda. When Jefferson threatens to fire his incompetent LA agent Charlie unless he finds him a lead role, Jefferson is sent to England to play King Lear at Stratford. Little does Jefferson know that he is not playing the role of a lifetime in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at Shakespeare’s birthplace, but in a barn with an amateur dramatic society in the Suffolk’s Stratford St John.

The enthusiastic am-dram thespians are over the moon to have such a “star” playing with them. But they soon discover Steel is a selfish American with no time for manners, who displays an appalling lack of class, considering himself too big for such a lowly setting. Will the arrogant Steel knuckle down to his latest role, or will he forever play the Hollywood star? We invite you to come and find out.

Director Catherine Morrison“Life Imitates Art.” The challenges and concerns that face the imaginary theatre company are felt by theatre companies everywhere. I personally like the message about why we (amateur theatre people) do what we do. For love – not money nor fame or glory – we do it for the sheer pleasure in creating theatre.

Tickets are $28 Adult or $25 Senior/Student with a special 2 Tix for $40 every Thursday.  GST is additional on all tickets
Tickets can be reserved by leaving a message at the Box Office: 604-266-7191 or
Purchased on line at  TICKETS – A BUNCH OF AMATEURS

Metro Theatre is a non-profit theatre company, dedicated to promoting and developing theatre arts.  This is our 57th continuous season of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences. A BUNCH OF AMATEURS is our 519th show.


Character: Performer
Jefferson Steel: Samuel Barnes
Lauren Bell: Laura Burke
Dorothy Nettle: Lisa Gach
Denis Dobbins: Roger Monk
Nigel Dewbury: Peter Robbins
Mary Plunkett: Alison Schamberger
Jessica Steel: JaméWonacott


Director: Catherine Morrison
Production Manager: Alison Schamberger
Stage Manager: Shay Cameron
Asst Stage Mgr: Dominic Duff
Asst Stage Mgr: Melissa Chalkley
ASM/Props: Frances Herzer
Set Designer: Les Erskine
Costume Designer: ReneSchindel
Lighting Designer: Les Erskine
Sound Designer: Catherine Morrison
General Manager: Les Erskine
Head Carpenter: Robin Richardson
Scenic Painting: Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
Set Decoration: Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
Publicity: Debra Danny
Graphic Design: Barbara LaBounta
Photography: Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
Wardrobe Manager: Sean Ullmann




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