Hart Self Portrait

Performance: 'Hart of Plymouth'

A show about Ply­mouth-born Solomon Hart, who became the first Jew­ish mem­ber of the Roy­al Acad­e­my of Arts, and a giant painting.

Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October: 11am-12pm and 2.20pm-3.30pm

Written & created by David Prescott
Performed by Derek Frood
The performance at 2.30pm on Sunday 1 October will be presented with BSL

Across the road from the Plymouth Guildhall, on what is now Royal Parade, stood its sister edifice, the Plymouth Municipal Building. This housed the Council Chamber and in it hung a huge painting, virtually four metres square in a chunky gilt frame. The painting was ‘Lady Jane Grey at the Place of her Execution’ by a notable painter of the time, who had gifted it to his home town.

Plymouth-born Solomon Alexander Hart (1806-1881) was a third generation immigrant, who went on to become one of the UK's best known and most influential Jewish artists of the 1800s.

Performed by Plymouth actor, Derek Frood (Poldark, Manhunt), this show celebrates a forgotten story, the city’s three hundred year old Jewish community and a significant painting, which will be unrolled and condition checked at The Box from 27 Sep-4 Oct (except 2 Oct) as part of a special 'Conservation in Action' event.

'Hart of Plymouth' is supported and funded by The Box, the Plymouth Synagogue and Ripple Theatre, with R&D funded by Arts Council England.
Hart Self Portrait