Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home
London theatre news: Thursday 3 September 2020
Online - Shakespeare - Streaming
Forced Entertainment are presenting a new edition of 'Complete Works' in a unique staging directly from the performers’ homes to yours.
Image courtesy Forced Entertainment
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."
All plays will be broadcast on the Forced Entertainment website at 8pm.
Here's the schedule ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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