Smash-hit Edinburgh Fringe Show Arrives in Kent

Tortive Theatre’s smash-hit, ★★★★★, Edinburgh Fringe show, Shakespeare’s Fool is taking the UK by storm, selling out runs across the UK, and will be arriving at the Trinity Theatre to kick off your new year.


Join Will ‘Cavaliero’ Kempe as he gives his final performance to an audience of a mouse and a marrote, and tells us what really happened between him and Shakespeare.​ Kemp was a celebrity like no other and was largely responsible for the success of Shakespeare’s early work. If Kemp was in a play…it sold! He rode the waves of celebrity to their highest peak, until…he fell out with Will ‘git-face’ Shakespeare!


Kemp died alone and poverty stricken, not very far from the original Globe Theatre, of which he was an original shareholder and faded into obscurity. A world away from his former life having supposedly originated some of literature’s best-known characters, including Bottom, Dogberry, and Falstaff.

​A bittersweet tale, told by an idiot.​


“…lively production, directed with pace and relish by Ben Humphrey…It’s captivating!”

Edinburgh Evening News


“Leetham is an imperious storyteller…this is an impressive and enjoyable piece of theatre.”


“A superb production…starring the exceptionally talented Robin Leetham.”

Theatre and Arts Reviews


Starring BIFA-nominated actor and stunt-clown, Robin Leetham, the play received rave reviews from audience and critics alike when it premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe. Since its premiere in 2021 the show has played all over the UK and has appeared at two international Shakespeare Festivals including at the National Theatre of Romania.


Shakespeare’s Fool appears at the Trinity Theatre on the 11th January 2024. Tickets are available from The Trinity Theatre Box Office at or by calling 01892 678678