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Theatre Royal Haymarket

Simon Russell Beale stars as Samuel Foote in this critically acclaimed transfer from the Hampstead Theatre. Mr Foote’s Other Leg explores the life of the 18th Century actor, comedian and satirist Samuel Foote at the dawn of the age of fame and celebrity.

Ian Kelly’s hilarious exploration of Georgian London’s obsession with celebrity and fame transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket following a sold-out run at the Hampstead Theatre. Telling the true story of celebrity personality Samuel Foote, Mr Foote’s Other Leg explores a society is hungry for knowledge and pleasure.

Simon Russell Beale stars as Samuel Foote, the actor, impressionist, comedian and hedonist whose rise to fame and notoriety couldn’t be stopped; even by the loss of his leg in a riding accident. Kelly’s play explores his role in an age when theatre and science were on the brink of progress and begs the question: can fame make you mad?

The sumptuous production is directed by Sir Richard Eyre, whose previous work has earned him 5 Olivier Awards and the Olivier Lifetime Achievement Award. He directs this adaptation of Kelly’s play, which is itself an adaptation of the biography of Samuel Foote penned by the playwright in 2012.

Simon Russell Beale’s performance as this multi-faceted and complex character received enthusiastic critical acclaim when Mr Foote’s Other Leg opened on the West End in November 2015. With multiple credits at the National Theatre, Foote is the latest in a long line of diverse characters to Beale’s name; from Iago in Othello to Stalin in Collaborators and the title role in Uncle Vanya. He is supported by Dervla Kirwan as Peg Woffington and Joseph Miller as David Garrick. The trio take to the stage as friends and actors caught in Georgian London’s craze for fame and sexual freedom.

Performance dates:
23 Jan 2016 - 23 Jan 2016
Audience Notes:
With Richard Eyre at the helm of this production, Mr Foote’s Other Leg is guaranteed to be a high-quality piece of theatre. With critics praising Beale’s performance, this is one not to be missed for fans of clever comedy with a hint of bawdiness.

Mr Foote's Other Leg Reviews

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User Reviews


I enjoyed, the acting is very good and the set was beautiful.

Performance date: 18 November 2015

Based on a true story (you really couldn't make it up!), this is the tale of a restoration theatre owner and his demise. Excellent acting, great script, fabulous set and all in all, very moving. I enjoyed it so much, I saw it twice.

Performance date: 29 October 2015
Performance date: 07 November 2015
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