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The Last Abbot of Reading
The Last Abbot of Reading - Rabble Theatre
11th June - 3rd July 2021
Venue: Reading Abbey Ruins

Written by: Beth Flintoff

Directed by: Jonny Humphries

Design by: Sarah Booth


Running Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes (inc interval)


Hugh Cook: An unknown monk living quietly at Reading Abbey until a chance encounter with King Henry VIII results in an unexpected promotion. Suddenly propelled into a world of intrigue, politics and danger, Hugh must balance his beliefs with the orders of the formidable King. As England breaks away from Europe, he has to make an impossible choice.

On the 900th year anniversary of the Abbey, RABBLE brings to life the extraordinary story of Reading’s Last Abbot.

“Theatre at its very best”
The Stage


Film credit: Henry Steedman

Production Gallery

Photography: Pieter Lawman


Dominic AllenDr. London
Timothy AllsopHugh
Emma DenlyJane Seymour/Joan
Joanne HowarthAlice
Alex HughesHenry
Nathan Ives MoibaJack
Robin KingslandCromwell/John
Dani McCallumAnne Bolyen/Margaret


Beth FlintoffWriter
Jonathan HumphreysDirector
Toby DaviesExecutive Producer 
Dani DaviesAssociate Producer
Lyndon BainesProduction Manager & Stage Manager On Book
Sabina NethercliftMovement Director
Hannah PearsonASM & Wardrobe Supervisor

Benjamin HudsonComposer 
Sarah BoothDesigner
Steph LinkensCostume supervisor
Joe MorrisSound Designer
Andrew BudgeLighting Designer
Cristian DenasFight Director

Ensemble and Work Experience – Get Up On Stage