Bard laid bare in abridged omnibus
It sounds crazy that anyone would fit 37 plays into a 97-minute show, but that is exactly what Spectrum Theatre will do as they take on The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged).
The high-energy and quick-witted three-person play will feature dozens of costume changes and a high audience engagement.
Director Kathryn Gunning said it was a play for those who love the fun and entertainment of live performance.
“It doesn’t matter if you love or hate the Bard,” she said.
“Whether you are a Shakespearean scholar from Oxbridge or someone who has actively avoided ‘ole Bill since you first heard the term ‘iambic pentameter’ it is a very easy going play that doesn’t take anything, especially itself, too seriously.
“The play is so much fun to direct, I was really excited to do it again and couldn’t have asked for a more dedicated, talented and hilarious cast and crew.”
The audience should expect to see sword-fighting, men in tights, nauseated heroines in bad wigs, death, love, betrayal, revenge and even a guest speaker from Jurassic Park.
Gunning said the performers were on stage for the entirety of the show, dashing into and out of costume and throwing themselves around the theatre.
“The actors have fun taking the mickey out of Shakespeare, themselves and each other,” she said. “The audience has fun as the very silly adventure, through the plots of well-loved plays, unfolds around them.
“It tries to boast the fastest-ever performance of Hamlet but the comparison is similar to two children racing to one hundred and one of them wins by singing ‘one, two, skip a few, ninety-nine, a hundred’.”
She warns that for any parents considering bringing young children, the play includes mildly crude humour and language.
Spectrum Theatre perform The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) on Friday, November 23, and 30, and Saturday 24, as well as December 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30pm.
There will be two Sunday shows at 2pm on November 25 and December 2.
Performers Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield and Adam Long.