An award-winning comedian, author, artist and world record holder brought Shakespeare to a church.
Tim FitzHigham brought his own brand of comedy to St Leonard’s Church, Bridgnorth, performing as Will Kempe, Shakespeare’s stand-up.
In 1600 Will Kempe the comedian and William Shakespeare fell out over Kemp’s ideas for a comedy part in Hamlet.
To show Shakespeare the true nature of comedy Kempe walked out of his office in the Globe and Morris danced from London to Norwich in nine days.
FitzHigham’s show commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare.
Mr FitzHigham is an award-winning comedian who was nominated for a Perrier Best Newcomer Award. He has written a book, appeared in a film with Anthony Hopkins and undertaken many awe inspiring feats of endurance.
Bridgnorth’s mayor Vanessa Voysey said: “It’s good for Bridgnorth that we are getting entertainers of this standard. It just shows how healthy Bridgnorth arts and music is, we have the festival every year and we’re lucky to have these events.”
St Leonard’s Church is part of the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), which protects historic churches at risk and has saved over 345 buildings.
There are 10 churches in Shropshire in the CCT.
All of the CCT churches are Grade II* or above.