Shakespeare in Love has opened at the Noel Coward Theatre last month to great reviews. This stage adaptation of the 1998 Academy Award winning film of the same name has attracted quite a lot of public attention for obvious reasons. But most of the buzz comes from the revelation of a new stage star: Barney, the Labradoodle. 

 

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Source: Daily Mail

Barney plays "Spot" and only appears in two major scenes - and yet he manages to become the star of the show, to the point that his colleagues call him a "scene-stealer": ‘All anyone wants to talk about is the dog!’ says actor Patrick Osborne.

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Source: Daily Mail

This is Barney's first acting job, but he has proved to be a natural and true professional - he has his own dressing room and even comes down to do a curtain call at the end of each performance. Like any professional actor, Barney has an understudy, called Amber, but since he has turned out to be such a consistent and reliable performer, Amber's services have yet to be required.

But Barney's journey into the spotlight hasn't been a bed of roses; he was only supposed to be the "back up" dog, but as auditions progressed he started to show his true potential and charm.

Shakespeare In Love - Press Night - Curtain Call & Backstage

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You can watch Barney (and the actual play) at the Noel Coward Theatre, Monday to Saturday.

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