“The heart wants what the heart wants. And Helena’s heart wants Bertram, the handsome young nobleman in whose house she grew up. The only catch: he wants nothing to do with her. That’s the set-up for Shakespeare’s toothiest comedy, a sassy send-up of love, desire, and the mistakes of youth. Packed with colorful characters and some of the Bard’s best gags, All’s Well That Ends Well asks us: how far will you go to be with the one you love?”Read More
Since 1991 a recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has stood on the racecourse in Neuss, Germany. Each year it hosts a summer festival and the 2016 edition showcased productions from companies across Europe including several premieres, a puppet Tempest, and a one-woman Henry VIII. The festival also included a classical Shakespeare concert, a lecture by Patrick Spottiswoode of the London Globe, and a series of events exploring the idea of ‘Shakespeare and beyond’ which included a stage version of Woody Allen’s 1982 film A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy and an adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s Maria Stuart. The majority of productions were presented in German; German surtitles were available for those presented in English or French.Read More
The Tobacco Factory Theatres opened in 1998 and initiated their two-play Shakespeare at the Tobacco programme in Spring 2000 with King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The organisation encourages experimentalism and aims to offer excellent art. This year the Factory Theatre season offers a Shakespearean double-bill: Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well.
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) has produced 23 more Shakespeares (several of them twice), three Chekhovs, Stoppard’s Arcadia, Middleton & Rowley’s The Changeling and Sheridan’s The School for Scandal. It has enjoyed four national tours, co-produced with the Bristol Old Vic and the University of Bristol and played a season in the Barbican’s Pit. For the last two seasons it has co-produced its Bristol seasons with Tobacco Factory Theatres, a partnership that also produced Brian Friel’s neglected play, Living Quarters, at the Factory last autumn.
The company has been widely and repeatedly admired for the clarity of its story-telling, the raw intimacy of its in-the-round style at the Tobacco Factory, and the transparent unselfishness of its ensemble.Read More
“A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A vase for the prince. A matchbox for the servant. A toilet roll tube for the Innkeeper. A water bottle for the messenger.
In Complete Works six performers create condensed versions of each and every Shakespeare play, comically and intimately retelling them, using a collection of everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters on the one-metre stage of an ordinary table top."