Bette and Joan

Following a hugely successful preview in Cumbria Wise Fools Theatre Company bring you:

BETTE AND JOAN – a play by Anton Burge. Directed by Sue Jenkins with Julie Edwards as Bette Davis and Kerry Willison-Parry as Joan Crawford.

Once famous grande-dames of the film world, arch rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford worked together only once – in the classic 1962 film “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”.

But their violent hatred of each other as rival sisters in the picture was no act.

Bette and Joan” tells the story of these two duelling divas throughout the intense three week shooting period of the film. We see both their individual preparations in their dressing rooms and relish the wickedly funny and barbed dialogue between them when they come together.

It is in turns poignant, tragic and deliciously hilarious.


‘Extremely powerful, entertaining play with two extremely talented ladies..’

‘Production was nothing less than superb..’

‘Both actresses had Bette and Joan to a tee – took me back to the films of the old days..’

‘Absolutely hilarious, touching, funny and sad..’

‘Wonderful, the set was absolutely spectacular..’

‘Perfect casting, excellent direction..’

‘Both actors had me openly laughing out loud alongside other audience members..’

‘Superb, intimate and realistic portrayal of the characters..’

‘The actresses were incredible and a credit to their profession… and to women!’



Production Information




Wednesday 10th July - Saturday 13th July


£16 full / £14 concession (+£1.5 booking fee)

Show Dates

Wednesday 10th July - Saturday 13th July (7:30pm + 2:30pm matinee on Thursday and Saturday)

Running Time: TBC

Interval: TBC

Age Restrictions: 14+

Any warnings: Herbal smoking


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