1623 and Derby Comedy Festival present
Shakespeare and Comedy © 1623Shakespeare and Comedy

Wednesday 4 May 2016
6.30-8.30pm at Guildhall Clubrooms, Derby DE1 3AE

A workshop on Shakespeare's funny bits

"Let's be red with mirth!"
: The Winter's Tale

Join award-winning 1623 theatre company to explore methods and techniques used within Shakespeare's comedy plays, which have now been entertaining audiences for more than 400 years.

1623 associate artist Nathan Masterson - who has performed in many Shakespearean comedies including As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest - will lead this practical workshop, which gives participants the opportunity to step into the shoes of some of Shakespeare's best-loved comic characters and experiment with ways of releasing their comic potential for a modern audience.

This workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities.

: £4.50 per person
: Book tickets on 01332 255800
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1623 and Derby Theatre present
Hamlet © 1623Shakespeare Night

Friday 13 May 2016 
7.30-9.30pm at Derby Theatre, St Peter's Quarter, Derby DE1 2NF  

A participatory workshop for everyone 

"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance"
: Ophelia

Explore the plot, characters and themes of Hamlet - possibly the most famous play in the world - through activities run by 1623 participation coordinator Shane Lynch.  

: Tickets are £3 per person
: Call Derby Theatre on 01332 593939
Book online or drop by Derby Theatre box office 

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Radio production of the play coming soon
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1623 and Sherwood Storytelling Club present 
Shakespeare's Folktales © 1623Shakespeare's Folktales


Monday 16 May 2016
7.30-9.30pm at The Third Stage, Theatre Royal, Nottingham NG1 5ND

A fun evening of storytelling and performance

"Now, forward with your tale!"
: The Tempest

Meet a fantastic trio of exciting storytellers, who share a collection of folk tales that inspired Shakespeare's plays.

George Bassett : Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew
Sally Quilter : King Lear and Hamlet
Amanda Smith : The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream

The playwright himself joins Amanda as co-host for the evening, when he and 1623 associate artist Kat Glenn perform scenes from the plays that are based on the tales told by George, Sally and Amanda. A unique event not to be missed.

: £7 per person
: Book tickets on 0115 989 5555
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1623 and Steps for the Future present  
Steps for the Future Macbeth cast Much Ado About Steps


June 2016 (date to be confirmed)
(time and venue to be confirmed)

An energetic new show inspired by Shakespeare

"A star danced and under that was I born"
: Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing

Following Macbeth last year, we're delighted to be teaming up again with Steps For The Future, a fantastic performing arts academy for adults with learning differences, to bring you a brilliant new adaptation of another Shakespeare play.

Steps will bring you into the show and take you through the twists and turns of Shakespeare's play. There will be audience participation, too, of course. This is Shakespeare as you've never seen it before, the Steps way!

: Coming soon

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1623 theatre company presents
Shakespeare Masterclass © 1623Shakespeare Masterclass


July 2016 (date to be confirmed)
10am to 4.30pm at QUAD, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS 

Intensive one-day course for actors

"Suit the action to the word"
: Hamlet

Develop your skills and top-up your knowledge with Ben Spiller, 1623 artistic director, and our associate artists as we work together to bring Shakespeare to life 400 years after his death.

We'll work together to look for vocal and physical clues in a range of soliloquies, duologues and scenes before trying out ways of putting them into practice. The focus of the masterclass will be on the major differences between acting Shakespeare for stage and screen.

Please wear loose clothing and trainers. Come with an open mind and lots of energy.

: Coming soon

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1623 theatre company presents
Lear/Cordelia © 1623Lear/Cordelia

Autumn 2016 (dates tbc)
Attenborough Arts Centre Studio, Leicester
Derby Theatre Studio 

A double-bill of Shakespeare and new writing

"I should know you"
: King Lear

Lear has dementia. His children never visit him. He forbids it, ever since they disobeyed him and he disowned them many years ago. So what happens when Cordelia - his youngest, whose betrayal was the greatest - knocks on his door? Why has she come back? What's her story? And is there any chance of reconciliation?

Lear/Cordelia is an experimental double-bill: a radical reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear followed by Cordelia, a new play from the perspective of Lear's youngest daughter.

Digital projection-mapping combines with Shakespeare and new writing to open up the emotional landscapes of a man with dementia and the daughter who tries to reconnect with him.

Lear/Cordelia pilot production is based on our research-and-development project that explored King Lear in the context of dementia through participatory research. Find out more about the project by clicking here

: Farrah Chaudhry Cordelia playwright
: Eleanor Field set and costume designer
: Christopher Lydon sound and music
: Darius Powell digital artist
 William Shakespeare Lear playwright 
: Ben Spiller Lear dramaturg and director

: Relaxed performance at both venues for people living with dementia, their carers and/or families (details coming soon)
: BSL-interpreted performance at each venue (details coming soon)
: Live-streamed performance online with Pilot Theatre at one venue (details coming soon)

: Digital Shakespeare workshops for schools and colleges at both venues (details coming soon)
: Shakespeare Storymaking workshops for people living with dementia (details coming soon)

: Coming soon 

Press release on Arts Council England funding news

Lear/Cordelia is supported by
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