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Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

Thu. 17 September 2020 — Sun. 15 November 2020

Experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment present Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare, their audacious project to tell each of Shakespeare’s 36 plays in condensed form – with a single performer, a collection of household objects as stand-ins for characters, and a table top for a stage.

Originally conceived in 2015 and performed in theatre spaces across the world and in webcasts, Complete Works is now being restaged for an 'at home' edition, taking place over nine weeks from the performers' homes directly to yours.

Tune in for this comical, intimate and strangely compelling retelling of the Bard's comedies, tragedies, histories and late plays, bringing their stories to life in vivid miniature. As Forced Entertainment's artistic director Tim Etchells says: "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."

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

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
On each Sunday of the broadcast period, after the performance, all the performers from that week will host a Zoom Q&A (registration opens soon).


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