In Georgian London no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist and dangerous comedian, friend of David Garrick and Dr Johnson, he is a bona fide celebrity in an age obsessed with fame. He even has the ear of the King.
But when Foote finds himself at the centre of a media storm – and under the surgeon’s knife – there’s only one question on everyone’s lips: does fame make you mad?
Based on Ian Kelly’s award-winning biography, Mr Foote’s Other Leg is a riotously funny play exploring our obsession with celebrities, through the true story of the Oscar Wilde of the eighteenth century. It premiered at Hampstead Theatre in September 2015, in a production directed by Richard Eyre and featuring Simon Russell Beale as Foote.
‘Written with panache and wit – as lively and entertaining a historical biography as you are ever likely to read’ Sunday Times on Ian Kelly’s biography of Samuel Foote
‘Delightful… the wit starts flowing from the first scene’
‘A ripely entertaining portrait of an eccentric, forgotten celebrity and the scandalous allure of the stage’
— Evening Standard
‘Witty and engaging… perceptive and humane, capable of moments of real tenderness, a celebration of the strange electricity of theatre’
— The Stage
‘Very, very funny… for a play with so many laughs, it also brims with insight and fascinating observations about culture and politics, both personal and public’