“Transformed into a battle of sexes set in the South.”Read More
“Nature versus nurture? Are villains born or bred? Can they ever find true redemption? Theater OCU explores Shakespeare's most villainous characters - Macbeth, Iago, Aaron, Tamora and Lady Macbeth - and asks the question: what is bad Shakespeare?” --description from Fringe programme
This exploration of Shakespeare's villains focused on, among others, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Iago, Tamora and Aaron, and Angelo from Measure for Measure.Read More
An outdoor performance by a young and dynamic group who established a reputation for summer Shakespeare with previous years' performances in Dublin's Iveagh Gardens. Like Caroline Byrne's production of The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare's Globe, this production moves the action of Measure for Measure to Ireland in 1916, where Angelo's crusade against sexual immorality pits him against the inhabitants of Dublin's Monto district, which was the largest red-light district in all of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Read More
“Shit-Faced Shakespeare is the deeply highbrow fusion of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast member. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show has been running since 2010 and has already entertained over 30,000 eager theatre goers across the UK. With a genuinely drunken professional actor selected at random every night, no two shows are ever the same and audiences can even dictate when the actor gets to drink more to prevent unwanted sobriety. Shit-Faced Shakespeare seeks to introduce a new generation of theatre-goers to the works of the Bard by reviving the raucous, interactive and vibrant nature of Elizabethan theatre with a very modern twist - reminding them as we go to always enjoy Shakespeare responsibly.” --description from company website
The play selected for the Shit-Faced treatment in 2016 was Measure for Measure.
The performance took place at the Cultural Centre del Bosque as a part of global programme of events and activities destined to celebrate William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death. The Mexican adaptation of Measure for Measure preserves the original Shakespearean plot, which brings to life a conflict both passionate and simple in nature, a story line with major consequences, one that exceeds the limits of intimacy and is transformed into a matter of power.Read More
“With righteous zeal, Angelo makes an example of young Claudio, sentencing him to death. Can Claudio’s sister, the bold and virtuous Isabella, enkindle mercy in Angelo without sacrificing her own ideals? Measure for Measure deftly balances light and shadow, justice and mercy, wicked comedy and thrilling drama.” (Information from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival website)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."
Measure for Measure and Macbeth encoded social and political themes that apply to Brazil and other violent contemporary settings. Ron Daniels’s successful work with installation designer André Cortez, leading actors Thiago Lacerda, Giulia Gam, Luísa Tirré and the award-winning cast also thrived on a communicative and engaging translation into Portuguese.Read More
“Sex, politics and puppetry are alive and well in Measure 4 Measure (Abridged). Five Texans, 15 characters and 55 minutes in what is sure to have the Bard howling from his 400-year-old grave. Audience participation.” --description from the Fringe ProgrammeRead More
In collaboration with London-based company Cheek by Jowl, the Pushkin Theatre troupe from Moscow performed their experimental Measure for Measure at the Shakespeare 400 Chicago festival. This politically-charged production premiered in Moscow during 2013 and has enjoyed great success ever since.Read More