1623 and Royal & Derngate Theatres present
YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTION
Saturdays 13 and 20 February 2016
5.30-6pm at the Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
A new production with R&D Young Company
"My father is my lord, my life, my keeper"
: Patriarchal Oath
In the not-too-distant future, the government revives an old law that makes young people the legal property of their fathers.
Ophelia is banned from going out with Hamlet. So she invites her friends - also in relationships forbidden by their fathers - to declare their love in a peaceful protest among the flowers and herbs of her garden. But will it make a difference?
1623 and Deda present
DISCUSSION ON HAMLET
Wednesday 17 February 2016
6-8pm at CUBE Cafe, Deda, Derby DE1 3GU
A participatory discussion for everyone
"My wit's diseased"
Explore the mind of Hamlet by reading and discussing his speeches and scenes in Shakespeare's play.
Shakespeare's Mind is a series of public discussions that consider mental health issues at work in a range of Shakespeare's characters.
: No need to book
: Just turn up at Deda's CUBE Cafe
: Click here for the Deda website
Previous Shakespeare's Mind discussions have been based on Lady Macbeth, Ophelia (from Hamlet), Margaret (from Richard III) and Leontes (from The Winter's Tale).
1623 and Derby Theatre present
WORKSHOP ON MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Friday 26 February 2016
7.30-9.30pm at Derby Theatre, St Peter's Quarter, Derby DE1 2NF
A participatory workshop for everyone
"Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably"
: Benedick to Beatrice
Explore the plot, characters and themes of Much Ado About Nothing - one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies - through activities run by 1623 participation coordinator Shane Lynch.
Shakespeare Night is for everyone, from absolute beginners to seasoned Shakespeareans, from actors and students to artists and theatre-goers, from young people and families to amateur theatre-makers. Workshops are monthly and we look at a different Shakespeare play each time. Click here for the full Shakespeare Night programme.
: Workshop booklet coming soon
: Read Much Ado About Nothing online
: Radio production of the play coming soon
: Check out the monthly programme of Shakespeare Night workshops
1623 and University of Nottingham present
Same Love Shakespeare
Wednesday 2 March 2016
7-9pm at University of Nottingham (venue to be confirmed)
A participatory workshop for everyone
"Stony limits cannot hold love out"
Try on a costume, pick up a script and act out love scenes with 1623 theatre company, which is all about seeing Shakespeare differently.
Same Love Shakespeare is an LGBTQ workshop to celebrate the diversity of love in a range of Shakespeare's plays in a safe and welcoming environment.
1623 and Good Chance Calais present
Shakespeare in the Jungle
WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE
Thursday 3 March 2016
Afternoon in The Jungle, near Calais, France
Participatory project with young people and families
"Hand in hand with fairy grace"
: A Midsummer Night's Dream
A group of curious fairies find themselves in the refugee camp near Calais. They play games with children, chat with families and try to make sense of the human world.
Then bossy fairy queen Titania arrives and the fairies plot to rebel against her. What follows is magical mischief, as a man is turned into a donkey and Titania - under a spell - finds herself falling in love with him. Hee haw!.
1623 and QUAD present
FILM COURSE ON THE TRAGEDIES
Wednesday 11 May 2016
6.30-8.30pm at QUAD, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS
An exciting new film course for everyone
"Look here upon this picture!"
Over this six-week course, you’ll explore a range of Shakespeare’s tragic plays, watch clips from films based on them, discuss how directors interpret them for diverse audiences and watch a screening of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann.
What better way is there to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death than delve into his tragedies and consider his phenomenal legacy on screen?
: 6 April, 7-9pm - Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar
: 13 April, 7-9pm - Hamlet
: 20 April, 7-9pm - Macbeth
: 27 April, 7-9pm Othello
: 4 May, 7-9pm - King Lear
: 11 May, 6.30-8.30pm - Screening of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann and introduced by 1623 artistic director Ben Spiller
: £45, £43 concessions, £41 QUAD members
: QUAD box office 01332 290606
: Book on the QUAD website
1623 and Sheffield Libraries & Museums present
Hamlet Off The Wall
PROMENADE THEATRE PRODUCTION
Friday 22 April 2016
8-9pm at Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ
Saturday 23 April 2016
6-7pm, 8-9pm and 10-11pm at Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ
A brand-new show based on Hamlet
"Alas, poor Yorick; I knew him"
We take you on a special journey of love and grief this April to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
Weaving together Shakespearean text and new writing to bring the painting Man With A Skull to life, this intimate and unusual performance in the stunning Graves Art Gallery promises to be something special.
50-minute performance, followed by a 10-minute discussion.
: £12 per person
: Book tickets on 0114 278 2655
1623 and Sherwood Storytelling Club present
STORYTELLING AND SHAKESPEARE
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
: Click here to book online
1623 and Steps for the Future present
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
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"
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 as an ensemble 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 for stage and screen.
Please wear loose clothing and trainers. Come with an open mind and lots of energy.
: Coming soon
1623 theatre company presents
Autumn 2016 (dates tbc)
Derby Theatre Studio
Attenborough Arts Centre Studio, Leicester
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? 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)
LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION
: Digital Shakespeare workshops for schools and colleges at both venues (details coming soon)
: Shakespeare Storymaking workshops for people living with dementia (details coming soon)