Mottingham vicar swapping costumes for Shakespeare performance

PUBLISHED: 15:59 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:04 12 July 2013

Ian Welch as Don Pedro (left) with Oliver Hurst as Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing

Ian Welch as Don Pedro (left) with Oliver Hurst as Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing


You might be more accustomed to seeing Rev Ian Welch in St Andrew’s Church in Mottingham on a Sunday, but there is the opportunity to see him in an entirely different setting this weekend.

The vicar takes on the role of Don Pedro in Sevenoaks Shakespeare Society’s production of Much Ado About Nothing.

The trained actor is a regular in amateur productions across south-east London and north Kent, and lists acting as his biggest hobby since he turned to the cloth in 2000.

He said: “It’s important to have outside hobbies and this is something I love doing.

“I think it’s more acceptable for vicars to have outside hobbies these days and whenever my parishioners come to see me in action I always get a pretty good reception.”

The performance takes place tonight (Friday) and Saturday at 7.30pm each night at the St Clere Estate near Kemsing.

Tickets cost £12 in advance, £15 on the door and people are advised to bring warm clothing and low-backed chairs or rug to the outdoor performance.

All proceeds go to the charity Breast Cancer Care. Visit for more details.

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