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John Hegley – An American in Luton

Fri 8 November Fri 8 November

November 8th 2024

Cafe / Bar open from 18:00
Doors 19:00
Onstage from 19:30

The tall and unannounced Maine man appears
in a seemingly ordinary 1960’s English living room.
He is the high chaperone and bringer of a grandmother
who has not seen her stamp-collecting son for decades;
her grandchildren, never.
His reuniting job done, this curious visitor hands the children each a ten-dollar bill
says his goodbyes and is gone – off up the suburban street, into the evening
and perhaps a hotel in the town centre
on his horse.
(A hobby horse, in fact, given him by one of the children)

Festival and radio regular John Hegley returns with a story of family, fantasy, love, loss – and the long unseen
son’s stamp album. A Caravaggio and a wry dry stone-waller are also thrown into the mixture. The show
contains a good deal of yet-to-be-published material alongside some back catalogue favourites.
Devised for adults but not unsuitable for the odd nine-year-old. Drawings will be provided. But not biscuits.
‘Let me tell you what my Pop said to me, Ma’am,
“Depression?.. Get over it! America had to.”’

★★★★ – ‘a lovely show of stories, music, poetry and silliness’
British Theatre Guide on John’s previous show Biscuit of Destiny

‘Just because he is one of the funniest men alive, do not underestimate his dedicated gentleness’
Adrian Mitchell, The New Statesman



£16 advance*
£19 on the door


Evening Menu available to book before the show!

Call 01983 722124 to book a table.

We take great care to prevent cross contamination of allergens in our kitchen but due to the layout and operation we cannot guarantee that your order is 100% free of allergen ingredients. Please make a member of staff aware of any allergies when placing your order. Thank you!

*Our booking fees explained:
Our goal is to provide an excellent personal service to our customers and to do this requires a lot of resource. The booking fee we levy contributes to the cost of running the Quay Arts Centre, its Box Office and Box Office systems. As a charitable not for profit organisation all income is used to support the delivery of arts and cultural activities to our local community.


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However, the generosity of our supporters goes beyond sales of food, drink and theatre tickets. Gifts of money, time, and even specific items make a huge difference to the amount of work we can do. Together, we can continue to enrich the lives of islanders and visitors with our fantastic programme of events.