Deep under the trees, beyond Jimmy’s meerkat and camel enclosures lies a 1960’s beach: shelter, deckchairs and lounging teens, Mods and Rockers, Montague and Capulet.
After chairing events for London transfers of Creation Theatre’s The Pit and The Pendulum and Dracula, I was chuffed to be invited to see them on their ‘home turf’ in Oxford and host a post-show Q&A for their new gaming take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
How many times can an actor get drunk onstage without becoming unemployable? As one of the longest-serving members of Shit-faced Shakespeare, Saul Marron has lost count – but it hasn’t done his career any harm. While starring as Claudius in Hamlet, he can also currently be seen onscreen in Gentleman Jack and The Current War. We caught up with him about his shit-faced track record. Time to get booking!
Armed with a glitzy jacket, a notebook and a whole lot of anger, Gillian English uses William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and it’s 1999 teen adaption 10 Things I Hate About You to explore gender roles in traditional and modern art and how they shape us as a society.
While most of us would probably be willing to admit that Taming of the Shrew is far from Shakespeare’s best, Canadian actor, writer and comedian Gillian English has gone a step further and made a list of everything that’s wrong with it.
I love the ludicrous concept of the Shit-faced Shakespeare shows. Having now experienced one first-hand, I can report that Shit-faced Hamlet is a genuine joy to watch, an evening of broken boundaries, teasing, audience participation, endless laughter and spontaneity. Highly recommended!
Does drinking impair reviewing? We’ve rounded up the raves for Shit-faced Shakespeare’s latest hart-drinking offering: the Magnificent Bastards’ “hilarious” and “delightfully rude” take on Hamlet is now on at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Time to get booking!
Carnival reaches Southwark in this vibrant new A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a lively cast &and colourful designs – and don’t get comfortable if you’re a groundling.
What Gregory Doran frames most brilliantly in Measure For Measure at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon is the is the central confusion of morality.
In touching on topical issues like knife and gun crime, drugs, discrimination, misogyny and the disaffection of young people in the UK today, Othello: Remixed demonstrates how Shakespeare’s work speaks for, and should therefore be available to, everyone.
This year the Magnificent Bastards have given the shit-faced treatment to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and, opening tonight (21 June 2019), Hamlet onstage. And here are a few more they’ve done onscreen. Enjoy this hysterical Shit-faced series – and then get booking the drunken thespians live at Leicester Square Theatre.
How did real life tragedy spark a new 21st century, social media-embracing adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, now with added brackets, Much Ado About Not(h)ing? Creator Kelly Wilson tells us all about it. Book your tickets now!
How many Shit-faced shows have you seen? 2019 marks the biggest-ever Shit-faced season at their London home base at Leicester Square Theatre. This week, Shit-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet follows Shit-faced Showtime: Oliver with a Twist and The Taming of the Shrew. Here’s a reminder of all the drunken fun to date. Time to booking for round three!
The Shitfaced-Shakespeare® crew are finally ready to tackle the greatest dramatic work ever committed to the page in the English language: Hamlet. The latest in their internationally successful series of drunken bard plays is also the third offering in the company’s 30-week 2019 residency at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Time to get booking!
“It’s Shakespeare but not as you imagine Shakespeare to be.” So say the cast of Much Ado About Not(h)ing, the new staging of The Bard’s comedy which brings the action into the world of social media and encourages audiences to leave their phones on. Watch them talking about the production, then book your tickets!
Don’t leave it to the last minute to get into the auditorium for the Bridge Theatre immersive, promenade production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream because there is stuff going on before the play officially starts.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Friday 26 July 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock is heading to Oxford to take to the streets with Creation Theatre for an immersive Shakespeare. Got any questions?
A new adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous comedy, updating the Bard’s tale for an era of social media, Much Ado About Not(h)ing, comes to the Cockpit Theatre later this month. Get your smartphones ready and book your tickets now!
Henry V at The Barn Theatre, Cirencester is an exceptionally well conceived production, with a clear focus on storytelling and great visuals – a Henry V for our times.
Twelfth Night in the roaring twenties? OVO Theatre brings its inventive musical take on Shakespeare to the Rose Playhouse.