Hugh Grant Works With Baked Bean Theatre Company


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What’s it like to perform on stage alongside a Hollywood actor?

Kate Powell, an actor with Down’s syndrome, got the opportunity to work with Hugh Grant at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

In a rare stage appearance, Grant plays the friend of an actor with a learning disability. The play is a version of Romeo and Juliet, inspired by a book written by Grant and his friend Nigel Hollins, who himself has a learning disability.

“I am very nervous” said Grant before the show. “I haven’t been on the stage for fifteen years, and I’ve already messed up my lines once today. I wish I had the confidence of the people I’m acting alongside.”

Hollins and Powell are part of the Baked Bean Theatre Company that meet twice weekly in Wandsworth. The project gives opportunities for people with learning disabilities to develop acting skills.

BBC News caught up with Powell…

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