Shake­speare, shaken and stirred

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In ad­di­tion to Shake­speare, M.D., Death Mar­ried My Daugh­ter and a cou­ple of pup­pet shows, the Bard pops up reg­u­larly as an in­spi­ra­tion for Fringe cre­ators, both in pretty straight pro­duc­tions and given some un­usual twists.

Shake­speare BASH’d had a hit last year with a tightly fo­cused The Tam­ing Of The Shrew. This year the company tack­les Much Ado About Noth­ing, fea­tur­ing James Wal­lis as Benedick and Amelia Sar­gis­son as Beatrice (pic­tured, from July 4 at Vic­tory Café, 581 Markham).

In terms of adap­ta­tions, New Zealand per­former David Lad­der­man turns King Lear into a com­edy in Bat­tle Of The Bas­tards (from July 5 at Tar­ragon Mainspace). Sur­viv­ing Speares looks at a com­mu­nity called Mag­pie whose res­i­dents, char­ac­ters from Shake­speare, have trou­ble mak­ing a nor­mal life for them­selves (from July 3 at Mag­pie Tap­room, 831 Dundas West).

And long-time Fringe per­former Keir Cut­ler re­turns with Teach­ing Ham­let, in which a Shake­spearean ac­tor and a scholar square off to look at the Bard’s most fa­mous play (from July 5 at Robert Gill).

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