In this post, three reviewers report on a Twelfth Night and a Julius Caesar in Armenian translation, a comic Iranian version of Macbeth, and a Shakespeare-themed dance performance, as the Armenian Shakespeare Association's conference Shakespeare 400: The Enigma of Endurance coincided with the annual Shakespeare Theatre Festival in Yerevan.Read More
“In this sensational political thriller, Shakespeare explores the tension between private loyalties and the public good, and unflinchingly questions the price of freedom. Caesar is determined to crown himself as Rome's first emperor, but a few senators, led by the idealistic, intellectual Brutus and his manipulative, rebellious friend Cassius, are prepared to sacrifice everything to liberate their country. Instead of being greeted as liberators, they are met with civil war.” –description from company website Press archives (Broadway World)
As You Like It:
“Shakespeare's sparkling comedy about love, family and identity is full of wit, music and gender-bending fun. The rightful duke and his supporters have been banished, while his impulsive daughter Rosalind remains at the mercy of the oppressive new regime. Comic twists and turns abound when Rosalind, disguised as a boy, flees the court to seek her father in the mysterious Forest of Arden. Her journey of self-discovery brings her face to face with Orlando, the man she loves.” –description from company website Press archives (Broadway World)
“It may seem that success is gained by ambition, passion, and dedication alone. This is not true. Its thought that removing a problem solves the problem. This is not true. In this cautionary tale of betrayal and faithfulness, we explore what happens when well-meaning people striving to create change forget the one thing that matters most... Trust.”—description form the Alchemical websiteRead More
What measures will leaders take to maintain control? Shakespeare’s dazzling masterpiece of political power, conspiracy and intrigue explodes with relevance. The Ides of March have come…but not gone! Join this thrilling company of actors for an unforgettable evening of theatre. Their professional company of 14 actors brings Shakespeare’s seminal play to life with power packed action.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
Shakespeare's late romance, The Winter's Tale (a tale of jealous furies, an abandoned baby, a sheep shearing feast and a bear) was performed in The Willow Globe (Y Glôb Byw), a scaled down, living version of the Globe in London (a third of its size in diameter) in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Wales. Its Artistic Directors Phil Bowen and Sue Best believe it is one of the largest willow constructions in the country and probably the only one in use as a theatre in the world.Read More
All 74 on-stage deaths from Shakespeare's oeuvre realized in physical comedy by four actors. With a LED-display counter monitoring the 75 deaths (they include the fly in Titus Andronicus) and propelling the action to the zero, The Complete Deaths is a fast-paced and entertaining tribute to the tragic ends of so many of Shakespeare's characters.Read More
“James Shapiro’s A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare 1599 traces how the events of 1599 sparked Shakespeare’s incredible outpouring of creativity. England attempted to crush a rebellion rapidly turning into a quagmire, weathered threats from a super power and waited to see who would succeed its unpopular ruler. (Sound familiar?) And Shakespeare’s completed the unfinished Henry V, wrote Julius Caesar, As You Like It and drew up the first draft of Hamlet. Irondale’s 1599 will feature intimate, streamlined productions of these four plays, all performed in one evening of epic theatre.” –from company websiteRead More
Giulio Cesare – Pezzi staccati (Julius Caesar – Spared Parts) is a show inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy. Romeo Castellucci brings back to the theatre a shortened version of his ground-breaking 1997 production of Julius Caesar in a new version made up of ‘fragments’ that evoke the original.Read More
Peter Schneider has worked with a group of young talented Romanian artists to create a provocative and contemporary visual language that moves fluidly between reality and unexpected, surprising and shocking images.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."
“Barbara Wysocka’s spectacle is a representation of a modern-day, realistic politics, created by uncompromising politicians hungry for power, but unprepared for the responsibility that comes along with it. It also shows us this from society’s point of view, which serves as a hostage of the political revolution and is easily manipulated with the help of crafted arguments and distributed public finances. It is a political vision where the basic source of fuel is the corpse of a ruler, above which the words Freedom, Honour and Homeland are uttered so often until finally they turn into a haunting political cliche.”Read More