298: Winter Revels 2023 (plus The BIG Vote 2024)
Hello! A quick update on our Winter Revels 2023 and the opening of Round 1 (ding, ding) for our BIG Vote for 2024. Open to all, you get to help create the shortlist for next years new productions - https://forms.gle/YvuS657yV8rVEhq19
All of which is (in part) dependent on the success of our upcoming Winter Revels - do come if you can, or share the shows with your friends and on social media.
The Beyond Shakespeare Winter Revels 2023
A Season of Tragedy, History, True Crime, Horror & Comedy
Welcome to the Beyond Winter Revels, a celebration selection box of shows from our repertoire. From Marlowe’s famous tragedy of Dido, through famous historical characters in Cleopatra, via true crime in Arden of Faversham and a gothic proto-horror story in Beware the Cat, to the chaotic comedy of a story that comes to life in Old Wives’ Tale – we’ve a show for you. You can sample one play or, for a discount price, catch them all! Live play readings, recording for the Beyond Shakespeare podcast, for one week only.
Performing 12th to 16th December 2023 at The White Bear Theatre, Kennington
138 Kennington Park Rd, London SE11 4DJ
Shows start at 7.30pm, with pre-show warm up material from 7.20pm.
Tickets - www.ticketsource.co.uk/milkbottleproductions
More info - www.beyondshakespeare.org
When planning your visit, remember the White Bear gives theatergoers 10% off food by simply showing their ticket or digital confirmation! Enjoy pre & post-show drinks in the stylish White Bear bar and garden.
Tuesday 12th December: Dido, Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe – a tragedy of a doomed love affair between the Queen of Carthage and Aeneas, survivor of the Trojan war, who has to choose between love and his destiny, as mapped out by the gods.
Wednesday 13th December: Cleopatra by Samuel Daniel – a history play, covering the last days of the Queen of Egypt. Written as a follow up to his patrons translation of The Tragedy of Antony, Daniel’s play is a mix of storytelling and drama, telling of the last hours in Cleopatra’s story.
Thursday 14th December: Arden of Faversham by the Unknown – a true crime thriller. Thomas Arden’s wife wants him dead, and pulls in a succession of accomplices to arrange the deed. The plans keep going wrong. Until they don’t.
Friday 15th December: Beware the Cat by William Baldwin - a Gothic horror story of talking cats. Our narrator tells how he learnt to understand the secret of the language of cats. When he hears what they say, he discovers that cat kind are organised and coming for you.
Saturday 16th December: The Old Wives' Tale by George Peele - the comical shaggy dog story for a winter's night. Three lost youths stumble across a cottage in a forest, where an old wife tells an Old Wives’ tale. The story comes to life before their eyes, and gets… a little muddled in the telling. 🚨Special guest announcement – joining us for a post-show discussion is Dr Annaliese Connolly (Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Sheffield Hallam University)
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The Beyond Shakespeare Podcast is hosted and produced by Robert Crighton.