Shakespeare is genuinely sexy, Well Thumbed and notoriously bawdy.  And, of course, the very notion supplies a good headline for this page.


However, you should know that there’s so much more to this Well Thumbed repertoire than may be found in the compass of one great man’s complete works. Whoever he was. Or might have been.

Fortunately, Notional Theatre has developed a ‘rampant, roaring, roysterous’ catalogue of other writers to namedrop. Amongst many others you will also get saucy snippets from Jane Austen, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aphra Behn, Charlotte Brontë, Robert Burns, Lord Byron, Julius Caesar, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Donne, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Frances Hodgson Burnett, James Joyce, Christopher Marlowe, Herman Melville, Thomas Otway, Samuel Pepys, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Laurence Sterne, Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, H. G. Wells, Oscar Wilde & Anonymous.

Yes, that Jane Austen.


Hard to believe that there could be smut – and deliberate smut at that – in her complete works, isn’t it?  But of course it’s there if you look in the right places. One Well Thumbed performance and you will be privy to Jane Austen’s Carry On moment.

BTW ‘rampant, roaring, roysterous’ is not a Shakespearean quote but is actually taken from a Well Thumbed work by one of the authors listed above. The man pictured below.

who is he?  Who is he?

& is he as sexy as Shakespeare?

In case you are one of those audience members who can’t get enough Shakespeare, Well Thumbed includes words from Venus and Adonis, Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. On the other hand, if Shakespeare has always struck you as a bit too worthy or inaccessible, don’t be afraid: he wrote some great knob gags.

Notional Theatre’s Well Thumbed will have its premiere at Chapter in Cardiff on September 28th 2016. The show’s first international performance is at the Wigtown Book Festival two days later.


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