We were honoured to welcome a very special guest to the Friday 19th October sold out performance of I Am Shakespeare, the author of the play and acclaimed actor and director, Sir Mark Rylance. Sir Mark was accompanied by Claire van Kampen, composer and director, most recently directing The Globe's latest production of Othello. After the performance, Mark offered an impromptu Q&A session about his play to audience members, before meeting cast and crew. Mark congratulated us on all aspects of our production, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He specifically commented on the real sense of community we have in the Criterion Theatre company, and the close connection we have with the audience, both things he feels have been lost in many professional theatres. Thank you to Mark for his support and generosity.