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Shakespeare in Love

24 January 2023

Urban Paws are delighted to announce that Ness the cairn terrier has been cast as Spot at the Altrincham Garrick theatre in the production of Shakespeare in Love.

Ness is a little superstar, highly skilled and an experienced actor and model.  She lives with her little brother Ben Eves and is owned and trained by Denise.

Jo, Head booker at Urban Paws Limited said ‘ I am so thrilled for Ness, after her magical appearance in Identical the musical we have been inundated with requests to have Ness on stage. She is a true star and her skill set has blown the producer away.  We are delighted to support this wonderful production and  the theatre.’

Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet.

This romantic comedy transports audiences back to Shakespeare’s London in a production that is full of energy, colour, spectacle and love.

The Garrick Ensemble is a company of 18 – 30 year old aspiring actors from Greater Manchester and Cheshire who perform one production each year as part of the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse Main House Season. The production will be directed by Artistic Director Joseph Meighan.

Opening night is the 6th of February and tickets are available online and at the box office.


Reviewer: Angela Kelly

Reviewed: 6th February 2023

North West End UK Rating: ★★★★★

“A surprise ‘actor’ in relation to the Queen loving a dog on stage, was the appearance of ‘Ness’ a Cairn Terrier who played the role of ‘Spot’ very well indeed, right down to the Elizabethan collar she wore – more importantly she was handled with good care, professionalism and confidence by the cast. Definitely a crowd pleaser!” Read more here.


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