Six actors meet up to do Shakespeare the way Shakespeare himself would have done Shakespeare: learning their parts separately and then meeting up on the day to go through entrances and exits, fights and jigs. However, due to a breakdown in communications, each actor has learnt a different play but rather than abandon the performance, they carry on regardless convincing themselves that the audience won’t notice.
David Spicer’s mad Shakespearean mash-up will have you rolling in the aisles and the Bard turning in his grave and show that the course of true theatre never did run smooth!
Suitable for ages 13+
'It's the most fun I've had doing and interview!'
David Spicer and Shaun Chambers chat with John Chapman of 2nd from Bottom about DOING SHAKESPEARE and their residency at The Bridewell Theatre, London
Doing Shakespeare was first performed at The Citadel Theatre, St. Helens on 29 October 2021 with the following cast:
JASON Connor Simkins
TOM Robert Stuart-Hudson
REBECCA Vikki Earle
EBON Steven Arnold
JUDITH Natasha Agarwal
TERRI Kathryn Chambers
Directed by Shaun Chambers
It then ran at The Bridewell Theatre, London between 1st-13th November 2021 where Farron Ronan also played the role of Judith. In subsequent UK tours, the role of Jason was played by Elliot Bailey and the role of Rebecca by Beth Ascroft.
Doing Shakespeare has been performed in:
The Citadel Theatre, St. Helens
The Bridewell Theatre, London (15 perfs)
The Tunza Centre, St. Helens
The Alma Theatre & Tavern Bristol (2 perfs)
The West Walls Theatre, Carlisle
The Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool
Salford Arts Theatre
Rhyl Little Theatre
Webster's Theatre, Glasgow (2 perfs)
The Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh
The Old Well Theatre, Moffat
The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth
Cleadon Little Theatre, Sunderland
The Players' Theatre, Thame
The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
The Halifax Playhouse
Lucem House Cinema, St. Helens
The Questor's Theatre, London (3 perfs)
A specially adapted version of the play was performed for the re-opening of The Dirty Duck Pub in Stratford-upon-Avon on 29th June 2023.