Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare
Drama

Barbican

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare

01 Mar 2016 - 06 Mar 2016

£3.00 - £3.00

Pro reviewers rating
4 reviews

2.6 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

  • Synopsis
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Each of Shakespeare’s 36 plays condensed and presented on a tabletop using a cast of everyday objects.

A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A spoon stands in for a servant and a candle for the Friar. Macbeth becomes a cheese grater, Pericles a light bulb and Hamlet’s now a bottle of ink. 

With an artist from the company retelling each play over the course of a week, audiences can enjoy one or as many performances as they fancy. Intimate and scaled down, the worlds they create are vivid, accessible and often comic.

The theatre pioneers explore the dynamic force of narrative and language in their simple yet distinctive summary of the playwright’s comedies, tragedies, histories and late works.

Age guidance 14+

Barbican [Off West End]

“Seemed, somehow, perfectly cast... Beautiful moments... The performers adeptly wring expression out of the inanimate objects. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Wry summaries of all of Shakespeare’s plays from experimental theatre legends Forced Entertainment... Loving and irreverent. ”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“So what?.. I began to get the point, but then it seeped away again... I remain vaguely intrigued. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“A series of solo performers offer scene-by-scene narration of Shakespeare plays through the medium of kitchenware. ”

Kate Maltby (The Times)

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