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Robert Hay-Smith
After performing for several years at various locations and under several different names, Robert was able to secure a space in the FairOaks Mall in Columbus. Formerly a shoe store, our first production was performed on a borrowed stage, with shoe store decals still adorning the walls. Since then, we have been hard at work building. We have created a permanent stage with flexible wings that can change the shape of the stage to fit our needs. We have also created raised platform seating to ensure all our audience members have a great view of the stage from any seat in the house! When finished, the Harlequin will be the best intimate theatre to experience live shows in the area. Stop back often to see how we are growing and evolving with each and every show.
Not a Shoe Store Anymore!
Robert was born in London, England and has been involved in acting since he was 3 years old and began starring in films in both the UK and America including playing Tiny Tim in the NBC version of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol," in New York. After studying drama, dance, comedy, clarinet, and bass violin, he became the resident bass player at the London Palladium. He joined Lonnie Donegan, whose American hits include, "Does Your Chewing Gum Loose It's Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight," and "Tom Dooly." While touring in America with Lonnie, he met up and joined the New Vaudeville Band whose hits included the worldwide hit song, "Winchester Cathedral."

Recently, Robert has written sketches, songs, speeches, and a series of children's stories for the BBC. He has co-written and produced an original musical called "Pollen," and launched and stars in a one-man show based on the poems of Robert Service during the Alaska Gold Rush.
Flexibility is Key
One of the unique features of the Harlequin is its flexibility. Not only can it accommodate mainstage productions musicals, but the shape of the stage can be adapted for various presentations such as live music, comedy, dance performances, literary presentations, lectures, and much more. The audience seating can be easily transformed from theatre style to "cabaret" style.