Will Kemp, the Elizabethan clown for whom it is believed Shakespeare wrote many of his comic roles, also made a claim on posterity by taking time out to morris-dance the 125 miles from London to Norwich in nine days.
The purveyor of "mad jests and merry jigs" was a member of the Company of the Lord Chamberlain's Men who reputedly infuriated Shakespeare with his ad-libbing. Kemp recorded his epic journey in his book Kemp's Nine Daies Wonder.
However, the scale of his odyssey has long since been eclipsed by the one-man show based on it which the actor Chris Harris has been touring for the last three decades or so.
Kemp's Jig has now been performed in more than 57 countries and presented under the banners of both the RSC and the National Theatre.
There's another chance to see it next Saturday at the Worcester Swan Theatre as part of the Worcester Festival (7.30pm; Box office 01905 611427).
While in town, this experienced actor (other credits include directing, co-writing and performing in more than ten pantomimes at the Bristol Old Vic) is passing on his know-how in a workshop on Mime, Movement and Storytelling at the Swan from 10am to 4pm next Sunday. It costs £15, and is suitable for over-16s: further details from the box office.