Little at Large: Etherington wields the axe, but then gets the chop

It seems we have a frustrated thespian in our midst. Attending a Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Henry VI Part 2 last week, Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, was hauled from the audience, handed a machete and asked to play the part of an executioner. Apparently, he performed the role with such gusto that he had to be frog-marched from the stage by an actor and told to stop over-acting. Two American tourists even approached him to ask if he was a genuine member of the audience or a plant.

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