Byron's Fancy, The

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SUNP19990627David Pownall's play, set in Cambridge in 1807, focuses on Lord Byron as a 19-year-old undergraduate - already a published poet and an established dissolute. During an intrigue, he is badly beaten up and so goes into training at gentleman John Jackson's Boxing Academy. For payment, the bankrupt poet will teach the champion wrestler to write verse. Cast: Jonathan Firth (Byron), Gareth Corke, Amanda Root, David Troughton, Jennifer Piercey , David Allister, Alison Petitt and Ben Crowe. Directed by Marina Caldarone