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New play The Bobby Kennedy Experience will make UK premiere in Cambridge



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A new show, The Bobby Kennedy Experience, will be making its UK premiere this week at Cambridge’s Town and Gown theatre.

Russell Lucas plays Bobby Kennedy in new play The Bobby Kennedy Experience. Picture: Steve Ullathorne
Russell Lucas plays Bobby Kennedy in new play The Bobby Kennedy Experience. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

The play, which studies the life of the most famous man never to become president, stars Russell Lucas, who previously played RFK in a National Geographic documentary in 2013, and is set in the 1960s, just after his brother John F Kennedy was assassinated.

Often referred to as the ‘runt’ of the Kennedy litter and the one least likely to succeed, Bobby would go on to prove himself to be a formidable force in America, as not only did he pick up the Kennedy project after his brother was murdered, he emerged out of the political wilderness and crusaded for civil rights, climate change, alternative fuels and, finally, for the American presidency itself.

The play is directed by Sarah-Louise Young, an actress, writer, director, practitioner, internationally renowned cabaret performer, and theatremaker, who won QX Magazine’s Show of the Year Award for her 2019 Edinburgh Fringe hit An Evening Without Kate Bush.

Russell Lucas plays Bobby Kennedy in new play The Bobby Kennedy Experience. Picture: Steve Ullathorne
Russell Lucas plays Bobby Kennedy in new play The Bobby Kennedy Experience. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

Russell, who also wrote the piece, is a writer, performer, director, and qualified FE lecturer. He trained at The Russian School of acting, Wolverhampton University, and Sandwell College where he studied voice, text, movement, performance, and education.

His artistic portfolio includes original theatre, directing gallery installation films, and generating online arts content. He recently launched the Theatremakers series in partnership with Digital Theatre+, opened in Brits off-Broadway in New York City with Julie Madly Deeply, and produced the UK's first independent theatre YouTube channel 300 Thoughts for Theatremakers.

Russell Lucas plays Bobby Kennedy in new play The Bobby Kennedy Experience. Picture: Steve Ullathorne
Russell Lucas plays Bobby Kennedy in new play The Bobby Kennedy Experience. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

The play is on tomorrow (Thursday, April 7) and Friday (April 8). Visit townandgown.co.uk. For more on Russell, go to russelllucas.com.

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