THEATRE IN Lesnes ABBEY

Nancy Sullivan

Nancy Sullivan, who has appeared in west end productions and BBC1’s Call the Midwife, is bringing theatre to Lesnes Abbey.

She has formed the The Ruined Theatre company to stage Our Teacher’s a Troll, a play for all the family by Dennis Kelly.

The performances are in mid August and will be at 10am and lunchtime which will enable passing pilgrims to enjoy the show.

Lesnes Abbey was founded in 1178 and is dedicated to St Thomas Becket. After being closed in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey the monastery has become an attractive ruin with just one church service a year.

Visitors to the Augustinian community, used to receiving pilgrims travelling from London to Canterbury, included Geoffrey Chaucer.

Now on the edge of London, Lesnes was once considered a first stop on horseback out of London before reaching Dartford.

Nancy lives next to the Abbey which she visits daily. Her plans include an ambitious programme to attract and involve others living nearby.

The Ruined Theatre’s first poster

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