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Old Herbaceous - National Touring Play

  • Picton Castle South Wales SA62 4AS (map)

Don't miss the opportunity to see this wonderful show that has been stunning audiences all over the country for the last two years.

Described as “Downton Abbey with gardening tips”, Old Herbaceous is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants and is a charming one man play which has led to standing ovations from audiences across the UK.

An acute and sometimes hilarious observation of relationships between the classes in a simpler age, Old Herbaceous is sprinkled with witticisms and epithets. The evening blossoms into tender humour, much in the traditionally understated English style of the early 20th century.

As Old Herbaceous, renowned actor Giles Shenton truly lives the part of the legendary Head Gardener, Herbert Pinnegar, inviting you to feel included in a private chat from a bygone, comforting age. Keeping you engrossed, amused and emotionally engaged from start to finish, Old Herbaceous will leave you with a feeling that, perhaps, all’s right with the world.

"Downton Abbey with gardening tips" The Guardian

"Possibly one of the most poignant, beautifully acted, heartwarming plays I have ever seen...and I have seen many! My only regret is that I didn't get the opportunity to tell Giles Shenton, in person, how utterly amazing his performance was! Outstanding."
Facebook audience feedback

"Had front row seat for last night's Old Herbaceous at Cliveden. What a wonderful performance! Such a mixture of emotions and had me sobbing right at the end. Totally brilliant performance from Giles Shenton and had me gripped from beginning to end. Thank you."
Facebook audience feedback

"Absolutely idyllic" BBC Radio York

"Not to be missed" BBC Radio Kent

"Reminiscent of going down the allotment with your Grandad.......a wonderful, wonderful evening!" BBC Radio Lincolnshire

"An hour and a half of sheer delight. A delightful tale, beautifully told,
Old Herbaceous is a joy to watch and not just for garden lovers"
The Reviews Hub

Giles Shenton "draws us into his world making the characters so real you feel you have known them forever"
Edinburgh Fringe Review