Man sitting in garden surrounded by plants and flowers

Theatre: Old Herbaceous

Saturday 24 August 2019
Doors open at 6.15pm for 7:00pm start

Come and enjoy ‘Old Herbaceous’ in outdoor threate at the Weald & Downland Living Museum. Described as “Downton Abbey with gardening tips”, Old Herbaceous is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants and is a charming one man play which has entranced sell-out audiences all around the country over the last two years.

An acute and sometimes hilarious observation of relationships between the classes in a simpler age, Old Herbaceous is sprinkled with witticisms and epithets. The evening blossoms into tender humour, much in the traditionally understated English style of the early 20th century.
As Old Herbaceous, renowned actor Giles Shenton truly lives the part of the legendary Head Gardener, Herbert Pinnegar, inviting you to feel included in a private chat from a bygone, comforting age. Keeping you engrossed, amused and emotionally engaged from start to finish, Old Herbaceous will leave you with a feeling that, perhaps, all’s right with the world.
What exactly was the factor that kept the audience riveted to Giles Shenton’s performance? He draws us into his world from his first entrance…and we are held entranced from start to finish….it is a nostalgic, quietly satisfying evening spent with someone who creates an instant rapport with the audience, drawing us into his world and making the characters in it so real you feel you have known them forever.”

Edinburgh Fringe Review:
“Possibly one of the most poignant, beautifully acted, heart-warming plays I have ever seen…and I have seen many! My only regret is that I didn’t get the opportunity to tell Giles Shenton, in person, how utterly amazing his performance was! Outstanding.”

Produced by Kick In The Head
Written by Alfred Shaughnessy
Directed by Simon Downing
With Giles Shenton as Herbert Pinnegar


Adult – £14.00

Tickets must be pre-booked

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Doors open at 6.15pm for 7:00pm start.
Please ensure you bring your proof of ticket purchase with you either in a hard copy of bar code on your phone as your ticket will be void (and admission refused) without proof of purchase.
Details are correct at the time of publication, but the Museum reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the programme.
Due to the nature of this event and for the comfort of everyone in the audience, please note that dogs are not permitted at the performance (except assistance dogs), the event is outside on grass don’t forget to bring suitable seating and clothing as the performance will go ahead in all weather conditions!