Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

London theatre news: Thursday 3 September 2020

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Forced Entertainment are presenting a new edition of 'Complete Works' in a unique staging directly from the performers’ homes to yours.
One image of characters from Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

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Here's an interesting video showing the casting for Forced Entertainement's Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home ...


Well, the whole idea of Table Top Shakespeare is to tell the stories of Shakespeare's plays using a collection of everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters - all played out on the one metre stage of a table top.

This brilliant idea was originally conceived in 2015, and the works have been already seen on stage and via live webcast.

Now, the company are bringing the project up-to-date with a new 'At Home' edition of Complete Works presented in a unique staging directly from the performers' homes to yours.

The plays will be broadcast from Forced Entertainment's website from 17 September to 15 November (see the full schedule below).

Artistic director, Tim Etchells, said ...

"Theatres might be closed but we know that performance can be anywhere, that an ordinary table top can be a huge stage fit for the biggest dramas and that there's a potent mischief in the collision between high culture and the everyday.

We're really delighted to share this new version of our Complete Works project - an 'at home' edition conceived and performed in the time of the corona virus lockdown and its aftermath - telling the stories from Shakespeare's plays as a series of inventive, intimate and playful presentations direct from the kitchen tables of the six Forced Entertainment performers.

Complete Works promises to connect audiences around the world with 36 plays in nine weeks."


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All plays will be broadcast on the Forced Entertainment website at 8pm.

Here's the schedule ...

Week 1

17/09 Macbeth - Richard Lowdon

18/09 Pericles - Cathy Naden

19/09 The Merchant of Venice - Claire Marshall

20/09 A Midsummer Night's Dream - Jerry Killick + Post Show Discussion

Week 2

24/09 Romeo and Juliet - Terry O'Connor

25/09 King John - Cathy Naden

26/09 Titus Andronicus - Robin Arthur

27/09 Much Ado About Nothing - Richard Lowdon + Post Show Discussion

Week 3

01/10 Hamlet - Terry O'Connor

02/10 Love's Labours Lost - Robin Arthur

03/10 The Winter's Tale - Cathy Naden

04/10 All's Well That Ends Well - Claire Marshall + Post Show Discussion

Week 4

08/10 Richard II - Terry O'Connor

09/10 Henry IV Part 1 - Jerry Killick

10/10 Henry IV Part 2 - Jerry Killick

11/10 Henry V - Claire Marshall + Post Show Discussion

Week 5

15/10 Henry VI Part 1 - Richard Lowdon

16/10 Henry VI Part 2 - Richard Lowdon

17/10 Henry VI Part 3 - Richard Lowdon

18/10 Richard III - Claire Marshall + Post Show Discussion

Week 6

22/10 Measure for Measure - Cathy Naden

23/10 Coriolanus - Jerry Killick

24/10 The Merry Wives of Windsor - Terry O'Connor

25/10 King Lear - Robin Arthur + Post Show Discussion

Week 7

29/10 Twelfth Night - Jerry Killick

30/10 Cymbeline - Terry O'Connor

31/10 Julius Caesar - Robin Arthur

01/11 Antony and Cleopatra - Cathy Naden + Post Show Discussion

Week 8

05/11 Two Gentlemen of Verona - Claire Marshall

06/11 Troilus and Cressida - Jerry Killick

07/11 As You Like It - Robin Arthur

08/11 Othello - Cathy Naden + Post Show Discussion

Week 9

12/11 The Taming of the Shrew - Claire Marshall

13/11 The Comedy of Errors - Terry O'Connor

14/11 Timon of Athens - Robin Arthur

15/11 The Tempest - Richard Lowdon + Post Show Discussion

Post-Show Discussions

Each Sunday of the broadcast period after the 8pm (UK Time) performance, all the performers from that week will host a Zoom Q&A which you will be able to register for on the company's website.

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