On Armistice Day, on their day off from the forthcoming run of Soldier On at The Other Palace, members of the Soldiers’ Arts Academy cast of serving and ex-serving military personnel will take part in a special performance at Shakespeare’s Globe. We recommend you see both!
Shakespeare and Remembrance will be staged for one night only on, at 7pm on Sunday 11 November 2018. Marking the centenary of Armistice Day and the end of the First World War, this special evening of performances pits Shakespeare’s imagined experience of war against the realities of 21s-century military life.
Shakespeare and Remembrance is co-devised by Soldiers’ Arts Academy founder and dramaturg Amanda Faber with director Martin Leonard, and is performed by members of Academy members and affiliates, who are also appearing in Jonathan Lewis’ play, Soldier On, which opens at The Other Palace this month for a limited five-week season.
‘In thy faint slumbers I by thee have watch’d,
And heard thee murmur tales of iron wars;’
Henry IV, Part I, Act II, scene 3
Focusing on current serving and veteran military personnel and their families, Shakespeare and Remembrance will be an evening of remembrance for all those who served in both the First World War and other more recent conflicts.
According to The Globe: “The call and response between Shakespeare and our contemporaries will explore what war means to our society, how we view the military and combat, and how it touches our lives. The performance will also be a testament to the power of art, theatre, and specifically Shakespeare, to rehabilitate and enrich the lives of those who have experienced the effects of war.”
Tickets for Shakespeare and Remembrance are priced £10 for standing, £20-25 for seated.
Meanwhile, at The Other Palace, Soldier On, written and directed by Jonathan Lewis and produced by Soldiers’ Arts Academy, runs from 24 October to 24 November 2018, with a post-show Q&A chaired by MyTheatreMates co-founder Terri Paddock on 29 October and a press night on 30 October.
In what’s been deemed “The Full Military Monty”, a company of 16, including injured veterans, explore what really happens when military personnel leave the army – through the journey of a group of soldiers who take up acting to help them recover from PTSD.
Soldier On runs from 25 October to 24 November 2018 at The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA. Performances run Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £24.50-£49.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!