The Bard’s plays staged
Two companies, two plays, one brief – dismantle some of Shakespeare’s finest works and reassemble them in an 80-minute play.
A group of third-year acting students will be taking to the stage to perform Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet at Unitec Theatre from today.
Unitec’s 2013 Shakespeare season, directed by both Jacque Drew and Ben Henson, promises to serve up a few surprises.
Ms Drew is giving old-school slapstick humour a modern edge in The Comedy of Errors while Mr Henson gives Hamlet a slick and surreal twist.
Grey Lynn’s Albert Walker is to take the lead role of Hamlet.
The former surf lifesaver gave up his post to follow his distant relatives and British acting legends Sir Michael and Vanessa Redgrave into a career in acting.
Mr Walker says he shares a close connection with the role of Hamlet. ‘‘He is a young man learning to be a man and finding the truth about his parents’ futility.’’
Mt Roskill’s Amy Atkinson and Sandringham’s Jessie Lawrence will be treading the boards in The Comedy of Errors.
Both plays run until June 15 at the Unitec Theatre, Entry 1, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert.
Go to iticket.co.nz or call 361 1000 for tickets.