Stephen founded Demi-paradise Productions in 2000. The company performed sell out indoor promenade Shakespeare & other entertainments at Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle between until 2016. It also entertained HM The Queen, as Duke of Lancaster, when she visited in May 2015.
Stephen continues as producer from his new base in Northumberland. The current project is Haunted: Ghost Story Readings for Halloween which will tour arts venues from Newcastle to Dumfries between 26 Oct – 2 Nov www.demiparadiseproductions.co.uk
“This royal throne of kings, this scept’red isle…this other Eden, demi-paradise …this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England…” (From John’o’Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster’s speech, in Richard II)
Since Richard II in 2000 Demi-paradise staged Measure for Measure (2001), Macbeth (2002), All’s Well that Ends Well (2004), Richard III (2006) Hamlet (2008) The Merchant of Venice (2010) Much Ado About Nothing (2012) & Othello (2014) and a new different production of Measure for Measure (2016). Other annual productions were Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly, a celebration of Yuletide in words and music, and Ghostly Tales – modern & classic short story readings in low lit rooms – proved equally popular in the run up to Halloween.