Knight of the Burning Pestle

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Ever wonder what it would be like if members of the audience hijacked a serious stage production and ran away with it? The result could be the pandemonium that engulfs the Renaissance Center Theater Company’s fall production of Francis Beaumont's ground breaking 17th century comedy, “Knight of the Burning Pestle.” This Monty Python-esque show runs October 9-11, 15-18 at the UMass Renaissance Center, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst. Curtain time is 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors; advance reservations may be made by calling 413-577-3600, and are advised as seating is limited and sell-outs usual.

Francis Beaumont's 'Knight of the Burning Pestle,' is a staggeringly funny satire of the English Renaissance stage and popular treatments of chivalric romance. The play revolves around two central plots: the first a parody of early modern city comedies which focuses on an apprentice who is in love with his master’s daughter, while the second expounds upon the
mis-adventures of a heroic grocer named Rafe. The play is filled with comic fights, romance, silly monologues, and ridiculous characters, all written in a style which seems more like a Monty Python film than a Shakespearean comedy. For directions to the Renaissance Center, call 413-577-3600, or visit our web site at

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