Baba Shakespeare
Drama

Arcola

Baba Shakespeare

17 Apr 2012 - 02 May 2012

£12.00 - £12.00

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A new play by suggested by the Merchant Ivory film ‘Shakespeare Wallah’ of 1965

Sanju: Do you like acting?

Lizzie: Of course I like it. Well, I mean, I've never known anything else. Only acting and travelling. Travelling and acting.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of the Kendal family, BABA SHAKESPEARE follows a troupe of travelling British players in 1960s India as they journey from desert palace to hill station, performing Shakespeare amid declining audiences, changing circumstances and ever more slender means.

While the Buckinghams fight to come to terms with a changing world, their struggle is mirrored in the love tangle between daughter Lizzie, Sanju a handsome Indian playboy and Manjula, a glamorous Bollywood film star.

As the stakes rise on both the private and professional stage everyone is forced to make painful and far-reaching choices about identity and allegiance.

This original take on an award winning classic film interweaves Shakespeare with the colour and spectacle of Bollywood-inspired music and dance

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Arcola [Fringe,Off West End]

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Baba Shakespeare is something I have never seen before. And I want to see it again.It was truly wonderful to see this true story about the struggle to keep Shakespeare alive in 60's India, a country so in love with its film.It is about an old India versus a new India, that is shown in the love triangle between the three brilliant lead actors. Manjula (Lilia Vis), the wickedly funny Bollywood diva...

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Louise 22 Apr 2012
I went to see Baba Shakespeare last night (20/04/12) and I was blown away by absolutely everything. The actors will make you laugh, cry, laugh again, clap your hand, feel like getting on your feet and dance... It was a magical experience, helped by the fact that the performance took place in a tent as it helps you getting "in" the spirit of the play, which is India, in spring time. You d...

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Sabrina Lebnaoui 21 Apr 2012
There are so many aspects to this show; dance, puppetry, comedy, tragedy, the hot Indian climate and the possibility of young love. The story is woven around a group of travelling Shakespearean actors and encompases the Bollywood musical scene as well as traditional theatre. I especially liked the humour in the scenes with Manjula and her servant which contrasted with the dwindling success of t...

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20 Apr 2012
Great to see this unusual play fusing old English Theatre in an Indian context. A real fantastic cast that showed great comedic timing and emotion!

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Ellen Yilma 20 Apr 2012
Went to the Arcola Tent on a very wet Wednesday night to watch Baba Shakespeare and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The story is suggested by the book Shakespeare Wallah and the Merchant Ivory film of the same name. So it's India, 14 years after independence, gradually finding its feet and moving away from the old ways of Empire. The characters are caught up in this movement and either embrace the chan...

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walker davidson 20 Apr 2012

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