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Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's hilarious satire

Adelaide's premiere theatre company Red Phoenix Theatre is back for their 2019 residency at Holden Street Theatres with their latest production, A Bunch of Amateurs, written by brilliant satirist Ian Hislop and multi-award-winning cartoonist Nick Newman.

A Bunch of Amateurs was originally a feature film in 2008, starring Burt Reynolds, Derek Jacobi and Imelda Staunton.

It was selected for the Royal Film Performance in November 2008 and the Queen enjoyed it so much she included it in that year's Christmas celebrations at Sandringham House.

A Bunch of Amateurs is the tale of fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele, who arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford - only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers.

Jefferson's monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson's career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself - along with his inner Lear!

Artistic Director Michael Eustice says, "Red Phoenix Theatre searches high and low for wonderful plays which are begging for their first Adelaide performances. During the last three years, in partnership with Holden Street Theatres, we have produced several sell out and award winning productions. I think A Bunch of Amateurs will be the funniest our audiences have enjoyed so far. The plot alone seems to provoke massive smiles on the faces of the people we tell about the play".

The Red Phoenix Theatre production stars Brant Eustice as Jefferson Steele, Laura Antoniazzi, Derek Crawford, Cheryl Douglas, Lindsay Dunn, Ruby Faith, Petra Schulenberg, Anthony Vawser, Tracey Walker and Anita Zamberlan Canala.


"★★★★★ - Terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue... plenty of twists and turns" - Whatsonstage

"★★★★ - Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare...a laugh-a-minute" - Mail on Sunday


A Bunch of Amateurs is the first in the 2019 Red Phoenix Theatre Co. Residency at Holden Street, with Dividing the Estate following in August.

The strictly limited season will run from Thursday 23rd May until Saturday 1st June. Choose from the following performances:

23-25 & 29 May - 1 Jun: 7:30pm

26 May: 2:00pm

Tickets are priced as follows: Tickets: $25.00 Full / $19.00 Concession / $21 Group Concession (6 persons or more).

Purchase tickets online at or call 8225 8888. Tickets at the door subject to availability.

Holden Street Theatres is located at The Studio, 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh (next to Coopers Stadium). Parking is available onsite.

For more information on the production and ticketing options, please see


More on Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Ian Hislop is arguably best known as the editor of the satirical current affairs news magazine Private Eye. His comedy writing credits include: Spitting Image, Murder Most Horrid, and My Dad's The Prime Minister and is a two-time winner of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for TV – Light Entertainment.

Nick Newman has published many cartoon anthologies and books, including three Wallace & Gromit adventures. His awards include The Cartoon Art Trust's Pocket Cartoonist of the Year 1997 and Gag Cartoonist of the Year 1998 and 2005. He was also a co-writer and award winner with Hislop on and My Dad's The Prime Minister and Harry Enfield and Chums.

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When: May 23 - June 1
Where: Holden Street Theatres – The Studio, 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh (next to Coopers Stadium)
Cost: $25.00 Full / $19.00 Concession
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