Stone Nest and Hunch Theatre present Pass The Hat at Stone Nest Shaftesbury Avenue

A new one-man show comes to Stone Nest Shaftesbury Avenue from 15 March.

Vladimir Shcherban, (co-founder of Belarus Free Theatre) directs Pass the Hat, inspired by the book Farewell Leicester Square by Henry Hollis and co-devised with performer Oliver Bennet

This poignant work is an intimate exploration into the passion behind performance and how memory – real or imagined – can shape our lives.

Beneath the surface of every family there are mysteries. Actor Oliver Bennett embarks on a search for his family history that unexpectedly leads to the world of a busker arrested over 500 times, Soho gangsters and even the royal family.

Performed in an intimate room overlooking Shaftesbury Avenue in the heart of the West End, Pass the Hat is a unique mixture of documentary, street performance and self-reflection.

The show was commissioned by arts organisation and performance venue Stone Nest. A hidden gem nestled amidst the bright lights of theatreland, it offers a platform for bold, visionary artists and a space where audiences can encounter an eclectic programme of contemporary performance.

In the spirit of the great busking tradition of street entertainment, all tickets are ‘pay what you want’ before or after the show.

For more information and to took tickets, visit

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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