1623 and University of Manchester present
Star-Crossed Lovers
#1623performance #1623learning


Star-Crossed Lovers © 1623

Thursday 20 April 2017
John Thaw Studio, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester M13 9PL 
Show at 1-2pm, workshop at 2.15-3pm

Friday 21 April 2017
John Thaw Studio, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester M13 9PL
Show at 10-11am, workshop at 11.15am-12pm

A new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet

"A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life"
: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet are dead, a pair of teenage suicides. But how - and why - did they take their own lives? Find out in this fast-moving adaptation that follows the main events of the young lovers' tragic story.

See Shakespeare differently in this hour-long adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with just three actors.

: Jamie Brown Music
: Shane Lynch Romeo
: Nathan Masterson Narrator
: Grace Waugh Scott Juliet
: Ben Spiller Director 

: £10 (full), £5 (under 16)
: Call Martin Harris Centre on 0161 275 8950 or click here to contact by email
: 10% group discount for schools and colleges 
: 1 free supervisor ticket for every 10 paying students 

: Call Emma Rayner on 0161 275 8950 for a free teachers' resource pack
Click here to send Emma an email to request your free pack 
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1623 theatre company presents

Lear/Cordelia © Pictographik

Autumn 2018 in studio theatres across England
We are currently planning and fundraising to make the tour possible - more news soon

A double-bill of Shakespeare and new writing

"We two alone will sing like birds in a cage"
: Lear

Lear has dementia. 

His children never visit him. He forbids it, ever since they betrayed 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.

The national tour show will be based on our recent pilot production, which played at Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester and Derby Theatre Studio. Click here to watch the pilot production, which was live-streamed by Pilot Theatre from Attenborough Arts Centre in 2016.

Each performance will be BSL-intepreted and followed by a discussion on the issues raised by the production.

Running alongside Lear/Cordelia will be creative workshops in care homes for people living with dementia. Click here to find out more about our current workshops, inspired by the 2016 pilot production. 

Lear/Cordelia is based on our research-and-development project that explored King Lear in the context of dementia through participatory research. Click here to find out all about our extensive exploration of King Lear and dementia.

CAST (2016 pilot production)
Victoria Brazier Regan
David Henry Lear
Samantha Hopkins Goneril 
Gemma Paige North Cordelia

CREATIVES (2016 pilot production)
: Farrah Chaudhry Cordelia playwright
: Eleanor Field set and costume 
: Louie Ingham Cordelia director
: Christopher Lydon sound and music
: Darius Powell digital artist
: Ben Spiller Lear dramaturg and director