Set in the historic medieval town of Rye, Lamb House is a handsome Georgian Grade II Listed National Trust house with a spectacular walled garden of over an acre, perfect for open air theatre.

In 2008 actress, Francesca Rowan took on the tenancy of Lamb House with her family. In 2009 after a trip to the theatre with her friend and fellow LAMDA peer, actress Stephanie Street, they had the brainwave to produce a play in its beautiful walled garden.

Three months later they had secured top director, Tamara Harvey and a cast of ten actors from both RSC and National Theatre backgrounds. With some kind sponsorship and support from the Globe Theatre, RSC, local residents and businesses of Rye, The Lamb Players were born and their production of Much Ado About Nothing achieved great success!

In 2010, The Lamb Players continued with their second production, The Merchant of Venice. The company was formed again with actors from the previous year and some new faces. Tamara brought on board co-director Rob Hastie and the company doubled in strength. This was followed by highly acclaimed performances of @As you Like It' in 2011 and 'Love Labour's Lost in 2012 with the company growing to some twenty five 'Lambers'.

Tamara Harvey - Director

Tamara was a founder member of the Lamb Players, directing their inaugural production of Much Ado About Nothing and co-directing The Merchant of Venice in 2010 and 66 books.  She is currently working with Sir Tim Rice on a new musical and As You Like It in 2011.

She spent much of 2010 directing the plays that form an integral part of Anonymous, the new film from director Roland Emmerich.

Theatre in the West End includes: Plague Over England (also the original production at the Finborough Theatre); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (West End, co-director with Terry Johnson); Whipping It Up (from the original Bush Production); Bash (Trafalgar Studios).

Further theatre includes: Jack Rosenthal’s Smash (Menier Chocolate Factory); Tell Me on a Sunday (UK National Tour); Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Rep); Resilience (The Contingency Plan at the Bush Theatre); tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalz! (Bush Theatre – nominated for Best Off-West End Production, Whatsonstage Awards); Calais (Paines Plough with Oran Mor); Hamlet (The Factory, co-director); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse); An Hour and a Half Late (Theatre Royal Bath and UK Tour); Rock (UK Tour); Who’s the Daddy? (King’s Head Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre of Memory at Middle Temple Hall); Touch Wood (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Closer (Theatre Royal, Northampton).

Tamara is a graduate of the University of Bristol and trained at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, USA.

She is part of the selection team for the National Student Drama Festival and a Trustee of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.  In 2011 she was Associate Director at the Bush Theatre for whom she has just directed Where’s My Seat?

She is also co-inventor with Stephanie Street of the Chicken Surprise, a regular fixture on the Lamb Players’ post-show menu.

Rob Hastie - Director

Rob is a founder member of the Lamb Players, playing Borachio and the Friar in their first production of Much Ado, and co-directing Merchant of Venice in 2010 and As You Like It in 2011.  He was the Associate Director of Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndhams Theatre in London, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate in 2011 and in the West End in Onassis at The Novello.

Other credits as an Associate Director include Wolfboy (Trafalgar Studios) and 2:18 Underground (Lyric Hammersdmith).  As an actor he has appeared in seasons at the RSC and National Theatre, where his credit’s include All’s Well That Ends Well and Nation, and in Chichester, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham and Glasgow, as well as his hometown of Scarborough.  Robert was a member of the BBC Radio Rep Company and has performed in many radio dramas.

He studied English at Cambridge and trained at RADA. Other theatre credits include The Caretaker (Glasgow Citizens); Tartuffe (Liverpool Playhouse); Frankenstein (Northampton/Frantic Assembly); The Importance of Being Earnest (Derby Playhouse); Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester); Great Expectations (RSC). Radio credits include Beau Geste, Tartuffe, A Passage to India, Black Beauty. Robert won the BBC Carleton Hobbs award.

Rob Delaney - Musical Director

Rob graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2008. On graduating he went to Salisbury Playhouse to play Geof in the 50th Anniversary production of A Taste of Honey, then to the National Theatre for Marianne Elliott's All's Well that Ends Well. He played Scripps in Christopher Luscombe's new production of The History Boys at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and on tour and most recently has toured with great acclaim in Spamalot.

Francesca Rowan - Producer

Trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes: The Merchant of Venice,  Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It (The Lamb Players) Between Women (Hen and Chickens Theatre); Lady Audley’s Secret (Alexandra Palace Theatre)’ Careless Love (The Tricycle and Theatre Clwyd); Rivers Edge (The Tabernacle); The Heart of Everything (The Pleasance Theatre).

Film and TV includes: BARE (RSA/ Beam TV); Ways to Die (Viacom); Metropolis (Universal).

TV Presenting: Live at Three (UK Living), Francesca is currently presenting Bridal Boudoir for Wedding TV.

Francesca Produced The Rehearsed Reading of Nigel Planers "Death of Long Pig' at Lamb House in 2008, Much Ado about Nothing in 2009, The Merchant of Venice in 2010 and As You Like It in 2011 and is the founder of The Lamb Players. Francesca has also produced three sons in the past five years.

Stephanie Street - Assistant Producer/Director

Stephanie is a founder member of the Lamb Players and played Beatrice in their inaugural production of Much Ado About Nothing. She trained at LAMDA and studied English at Cambridge University.

Theatre includes: The Big Fellah and Mixed Up North (Out of Joint); Hens (Riverside Studio and Sky Arts); Sisters (Sheffield Crucible); The Contingency Plan (The Bush); Shades (Royal Court); Sweet Cider (Arcola); Not the End of the World (Bristol Old Vic); Too Close to Home (Lyric); The Laramie Project (Kit Productions); The Vagina Monologues (UK tour); Dark Meaning Mouse (Finborough); As You Like It (Greenwich Observatory); Arabian Nights (ATC).

TV includes: Lewis; Monday Monday; Apparitions; Holby City; Never Better; EastEnders; Primeval; Commander III; Soundproof; Nylon; Twenty Things to Do Before You’re Thirty.

As a writer, her first play, Sisters, played at Sheffield Crucible in 2010 and her most recent play Seizing Cinderella was featured at the High Tide Festival in May.

Stephanie had been a Selector for the National Student Drama Festival for the last four years, and is a Trustee of Shakespeare North.

Marcus Crane - Set Design

Gareth Mccully and Marcus Crane moved from the East End of London to Rye three years ago along with their five rescue dogs in search of a new way of life.

In 2009, they fulfilled their other dream when they opened their store Mccully&Crane. An eclectic, ever-changing mix of vintage and antique furniture,paintings,lighting and curios alongside one off pieces made using anything from antique taxidermy to giant blow-up vintage prints.

Visit him at his store at 27a, Cinque Ports St, Rye or online at

Karen Coughlan - Wardrobe

Karen Coughlan started her career at Angels & Berman's ,one of the oldest & largest costumiers in Europe. Eventually promoted to menswear working on everything from commercials, TV dramas & feature films such as Who killed Roger Rabbit and The Krays.

After a short stint travelling Europe Karen returned to London & won herself a place at the highly respected Central St Martins school of Art spent the next 4yrs studying Fashion textiles.

With many strings to her bow she has worked as Knitwear Designer for the likes of Pringle and PPQ, as a freelance creative consultant on brands such as Uniqlo & Betty Jackson and as a stylist & art director on everything from fashion editorial to music videos.

Karen, who lives in Rye after moving from London three years ago, is also currently working on the launch of her own knitted accessories label 'Gracie London' for Spring Summer 2012.

Sarah Taylor - for Truffle Hair Boutique - Hair and Make Up

Sarah has been in the hair and make up industry for more than 20 years, starting at Hastings College and then working at and owning a range of top London stylists including; The Lounge and Tommy Gunns.

Throughout her career she has worked on styling for 'Style Magazine' (Sunday Times) GQ Magazine and a huge variety of award shows, TV and music videos including MTV European music video awards, Ikea Launch and GMTV.  Sarah has now moved her talent to Rye and owns Truffle Hair Boutique and continues to inspire and transform new and old clients.

Jared Zeus - Artwork and Marketing Design

Rachael Chiltern and Rich Merritt for Flux Pictures - Production Filming

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