Dying to Succeed is a whacky show about Shakespeare's iconic characters in today's corporate world. Iago is bitter as Othello doesn't give him the promotion he thinks he deserves; Macbeth is eyeing the CEO's office; and Portia multi-tasks and multi-roles her way around the glass ceiling. Guest appearances by Lady Macbeth, Cordelia, Romeo and Juliet...with a little help from the audience! This is a solo theatre, stand-up and audience interactive performance.Read More
"What is identity based on when you strip everything else away? How do we identify inside all of our social and familial circles? How do we identify inside of ourselves?
ear is an exploration of one of Shakespeare's most daunting and famous texts, King Lear, combining the stylistic expression of the internationally renowned company Passion in Practice, New York Shakespeare Company and the "gritty, dirt on your knees Shakespeare" approach you've come to know and love from Seven Stages Shakespeare Company.
By exploring this play through the lens of Alzheimer's Disease, we hope to drive a dialogue about memory and legacy on a personal, communal and global level.
Stripping the space to its bare bones, we'll explore one of Shakespeare's most daunting and famous texts-- the story of a family dealing with what they are all capable of in the face of inevitable loss and the power and beauty of forgiveness in those trying times.”Read More
An evocative re-interpretation of Lear choreographed by John Scott and featuring Valda Setterfield, one of the world’s most acclaimed postmodern dancers. A trio of male dancers play the daughters to Setterfield’s king, as the performance shifts effortlessly between movement and spoken dialogue, between Shakespeare’s text and the heartbreaking realities of aging in our contemporary world.Read More
Lear has dementia. His children never visit him. He forbids it, ever since they betrayed him and he disowned them many years ago. So what happens when Cordelia - his youngest, whose betrayal was the greatest - knocks on his door? Why has she come back? What's her story? And is there any chance of reconciliation?
Lear/Cordelia is an experimental double-bill: a radical reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear followed by Cordelia, a new play from the perspective of Lear's youngest daughter.
Digital projection-mapping combines with Shakespeare and new writing to open up the emotional landscapes of a man with dementia and the woman who tries to reconnect with him.
Lear/Cordelia pilot production is based on our research-and-development project that explored King Lear in the context of dementia through participatory research.Read More
An epic double family drama about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons. In Willmott’s production Lear, a Queen with failing mental faculties, finds it impossible to retire gracefully and is cast out by her eldest daughters. Meanwhile the Duke of Gloucester's ruthless son plots to steal his brother's inheritance.Read More
“King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power.
A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point."Read More
“No one will remember me; only killing makes history.' Enclosed in her chamber with her Confessor and her trusted Nurse, the Queen faces the ordeal of giving birth to the King's longed-for son and heir. Moving between reality and delirium, she fears for the survival of her child as she reveals the hidden story behind Lear and his ambitions. An intensely lyrical imagining of the untold story behind Lear's forgotten Queen. A powerful drama from Ronnie Dorsey, writer of A Fine Line and Of Sound Mind.” --description from AssemblyFestival.comRead More
King Lear is a play about the disintegration of a world where blindness is sight and madness is wisdom. A play that conveys to us explosive revelations on love, power and (individual and social) justice. At the start, Lear believes that power is limitless, and so divides it among his three daughters. But he ends up discovering that suffering is the only thing that is truly limitless, something that deeply strikes nearly all of us, for the pains of the conflict between parents and children are inevitably universal. It is said, and rightly so, that in King Lear certain human wrecks manage to recover their humanity. But that recovery does not imply redemption, it just means that they refuse to accept suffering, torture and death. When Lear enters, bearing Cordelia dead in his arms, someone noticed that even Shakespeare seems to fall silent before this death, and the babblings of a mad old man will have to do as the eulogy of his “loved” yet “forsaken” daughter.
Actor Jorge Pinto is Lear, after having played Claudius in 2002 staging of Hamlet by Ricardo Pais. In the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Ensemble Company returns to an author who writes of a time “when madmen lead the blind,” now in the company of stage director Rogério de Carvalho, another wise and restless master.Read More
This production relocated King Lear from ancient Britain to the Northern Territory, Australia, thus establishing a thought-provoking link between Lear's disastrous division of his kingdom and land ownership and social reform in Australia, following the first Land Rights Act of 1976. The concern with land was powerfully conveyed by the red sand that covered the vast expanses of the stage of the Barbican theatre. The gigantic road train that towered over the stage was a painful reminder of the environmental and social ravages caused by intensive mining in the region. The exploitation of the land goes against the Aboriginal belief that we do not own the land, but that the land owns us. Another exciting aspect of this production was the blending of Shakespeare's lines with Kriol and other Aboriginal languages which, along with live singing and live music on stage, evoked the soundscape of the Northern Territory.Read More
The renowned Timothy West plays Lear alongside up-and-coming actors studying at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The production marks not only the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, but also the 250th anniversary of the Bristol Old Vic and the 70th anniversary of its Theatre School.Read More
In this production of Shakespeare’s Lear, Phil Willmott casts Ursula Mohan as the monarch. The tagline of the production is ‘What if King Lear was a Woman?’ Reviewers have commented on the striking mother/daughter dynamics that emerge as a result of the casting choice.Read More
As You Like It
"Lovers, fools, and comedy abound in As You Like It. Duke Frederick has usurped his brother. Orlando’s brother has set him up to die in a wrestling match. But when Rosalind flees from her uncle’s court with her cousin in tow, things really get mixed up. Dressed as a man, she instructs Orlando how to win her heart and encounters the old Duke and his court in the forest. Justice, forgiveness, and love are sure to follow. Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?"
"Long considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, King Lear, presents a tale of injustice and betrayal. Ready to retire, King Lear splits his kingdom between his daughters, promising the largest share to the one who loves him the most. What follows tears the people closest to him, and the kingdom, apart." --blurbs from the company website
"Circa Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand new production of Shakespeare’s stunning tragedy King Lear. Acclaimed Shakespearean director Michael Hurst takes the helm while the title role is played by one of New Zealand’s theatre legends, Ray Henwood
King Lear cuts to the heart of the human condition, traversing the raw landscape of passion, sorrow, cruelty, love and redemption. An ageing king, mistaking false praise for love, makes a terrible decision that destroys his family and plunges his kingdom into chaos.
Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, Hurst, renowned for his compelling interpretations, throws a unique lens over the story, describing it as “a lean and muscular play that demands the utmost of its actors.”
There will be no hiding, no tricks, just high-octane acting in a timeless landscape of despair. Howl! Howl! Howl!" -Circa Theatre websiteRead 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
King Lear has been exiled by his daughters, Hamlet by his uncle Claudius. Lear, accompanied by his Fool, meets Hamlet in a cemetery where they examine each other's lives. This performance includes extraordinary puppetry and audience participation.Read More
The Lear Episode is part of a cycle entitled In the Night’s Heart, a project that draws upon Shakespearean plays. It takes place open air, in a structure enveloped in huge transparent plastic curtains. It was composed of twelve sections taken from Shakespeare's King Lear.Read More
Michael Pennington takes the lead in this touring production of King Lear. The play is proving particular popular this year, what with Michael Buffong's production in Manchester (with Don Warrington as Lear) and productions of the play lined up for the Old Vic theatres in London and Bristol (the former to star Glenda Jackson, and the latter Timothy West). This touring production is directed by Max Webster.Read More
“With their father dying, estranged siblings Lilly and Ed are drawn reluctantly back to the farmhouse of their youth. Between them and their inheritance lies a past that won’t go away. But can it be rewritten?”
Venus Quarry is a new play, inspired by the love-test in King Lear. It explores themes of sibling rivalry, generational disconnect, and modern lifestyle choices versus traditional values.
Performed as part of Catford-upon-Avon Festival.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."