Tim Etchells of Forced Entertainment Preforming Complete works of Shakespeare
Forced Entertainment presents 'Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare' ©

Hugo Glendinning

Date
Tuesday 11 September 2018 to Sunday 16 September 2018

A salt and pepper shaker for the king and queen. A ruler for the prince. A spoon for the servant. Lighter fluid for the Innkeeper. A water bottle for the messenger.

Condensed versions of each and every Shakespearean play are comically and lovingly retold, transformed by a “cast” of household objects into 36 intimate and lovingly made miniatures, played out on an everyday table-top.  The stories of the plays vividly come to life over six nights, as the act of storytelling and theater itself is celebrated.

Forced Entertainment is a U.K.-based theater company founded in 1984. Touring and presenting their ground-breaking, provocative performances across the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world, the group has sustained a unique, collaborative practice for more than thirty years, producing work that explores and often explodes the conventions of genre, narrative and theater itself, drawing influence not just from drama but from dance, performance art, music culture and popular forms such as cabaret and stand-up. forcedentertainment.com

Performance Schedule

DAY 1 — TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH

6:30 p.m. — Antony and Cleopatra (Cathy Naden)

7:30 p.m. — The Merchant of Venice (Nicki Hobday)

8:30 p.m. — Richard II (Terry O’Connor)

9:30 p.m. — As You Like It (Robin Arthur)

DAY 2 — WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH

6:30 p.m. — Taming of the Shrew (Nicki Hobday)

7:30 p.m. — Henry IV Part 1 (Jerry Killick)

8:30 p.m. — Henry IV Part 2 (Jerry Killick)

9:30 p.m. — Much Ado About Nothing (Richard Lowdon)

DAY 3 — THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH

6:30 p.m. — Henry V (Nicki Hobday)

7:30 p.m. — Pericles (Cathy Naden)

8:30 p.m. — The Comedy of Errors (Terry O’Connor)

9:30 p.m. — King Lear (Robin Arthur)

DAY 4 — FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH

6:30 p.m. — Henry VI Part 1 (Richard Lowdon)

7:30 p.m. — Henry VI Part 2 (Richard Lowdon)

8:30 p.m. — Henry VI Part 3 (Richard Lowdon)

9:30 p.m. — Twelfth Night (Jerry Killick)

DAY 5— SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH

11:00 a.m. — Othello (Cathy Naden)

12:00 p.m. — Loves Labour’s Lost (Robin Arthur)

1:00 p.m. — Coriolanus (Jerry Killick)

2:00 p.m. — The Merry Wives of Windsor (Terry O’Connor)

3:00 p.m. — Macbeth (Richard Lowdon)

Break

5:00 p.m. — Richard III (Nicki Hobday)

6:00 p.m. — Troilus and Cressida (Jerry Killick)

7:00 p.m. — Julius Caesar (Robin Arthur)

8:00 p.m. — The Winter’s Tale (Cathy Naden)

9:00 p.m. — Hamlet (Terry O’Connor)

DAY 6 — SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH

11:00 a.m. — Titus Andronicus (Robin Arthur)

12:00 p.m. — Cymbeline (Terry O’Connor)

1:00 p.m. — All’s Well That Ends Well (Nicki Hobday)

2:00 p.m. — King John (Cathy Naden)

3:00 p.m. — A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Jerry Killick)

Break

5:00 p.m. — Romeo and Juliet (Terry O’Connor)

6:00 p.m. — Timon of Athens (Robin Arthur)

7:00 p.m. — Measure for Measure (Cathy Naden)

8:00 p.m. — Two Gentlemen of Verona (Nicki Hobday)

9:00 p.m. — The Tempest (Richard Lowdon)

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