The Bard’s battle-axes

Shakespeare’s older women are the stars in The Power Behind the Crone on Sunday 10 November at the Players Theatre, Thame.

This one-woman show is given by five-star review-winning actress Alison Skilbeck, from 7.45pm.

Alison plays Prof Artemis Turret who sets out to prove there are first-class parts for older women in Shakespeare’s plays.

Artemis does this by revealing her own amazing theatrical talents, playing seven superb Shakespearean roles for older women during the evening.

Tickets £12.

The Power Behind the Crone – Celebrating Shakespeare’s Older Women is being performed by Alison Skilbeck, directed by Tim Hardy, at The Players Theatre, Nelson Street, Thame OX9 2DP on Sunday 10 November 2019 at 7.45pm.

Tickets are £12 from Spear Travels, Greyhound Walk, Thame, phone 01844 217228, or online from

The Power Behind the Crone opened the 2016 RADA Festival and played the Bloomsbury Festival. Alison’s one-woman shows have received acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival, in London, and on tour throughout the UK.

Other highly successful shows including Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London and Are There More of You? Television appearances include Midsomer Murders, The Beiderbecke Affair, Miss Marple, and Sherlock Holmes.

Alison is an actor, director, teacher, and trainer who combines a busy and varied career in theatre, on radio, and on television with teaching and directing.

She is an Associate Teacher at RADA and has performed and taught Shakespeare at many American universities on tour with Actors from The London Stage, and at European universities on tour for the British Council.

November 5, 2019