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Lesley Nicol
John Schwab
Ben Miller
Simon Shepherd
Brenda Strong

WordTheatre returned to Chatsworth with performances of world class short stories in the private theatre of the 12th Duke of Devonshire.


  • Simon Shepherd (The Duck House – Vaudeville Theatre, Peak Practice) read “I Dated Jane Austen” by T.C. Boyle.
  • Brenda Strong (Dallas, Desperate Housewives) read “Mountains” by Andre Dubus III.
  • Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore from Downton Abbey) read “The Undertaker’s Wife” by David Almond.
  • Ben Miller (The Duck House – Vaudeville Theatre, Death in Paradise) read “Critical Responses to my Last Relationship” by Joe Dunthorne.
  • John Schwab (Yellow Face – National Theatre, Zero Dark Thirty) read his original story, “Looking for Mary”.

Andre Dubus III

There was a special appearance by renowned author Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog, Townie, Dirty Love). The New York Times bestselling author has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a 2012 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

Directed by Cedering Fox
Produced by Cedering Fox and Kirsty Peart