Jacob Decastro on Philip Astley

A talk by Ray Johnson MBE

Come to the Brampton Museum on Friday 21st September for an insight into Philip Astley from his comic actor Jacob Decastro.

Ray Johnson MBE’s entertaining performance will give a contemporary perspective on Astley, the man and showman, from someone who worked with Astley for many years.

The memoirs of J. Decastro: Comedian

The memoirs of J. Decastro: Comedian, published in 1824, provide a unique and personal contemporary insight into Philip Astley the working showman.

Ray Johnson will bring Decastro to life, with first-hand quotes and anecdotes from his memoirs.

Musical interludes from Jack’s Ramble

  • David Barker and Glen Titmus provide musical entertainment.
  • Tickets £9 including tea and cake.
  • Bookings via the Brampton Museum bramptonmuseum@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk or 01782 619705.

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