1623 theatre company presents 


An exciting new approach to Shakespeare in modern English

Tuesday 12 November 2019
1-3pm at QUAD, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS

Lue Douthit introduces Play On! playwrights at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Calling all artists, audiences and students!

Join Lue Douthit - director of Play On! based in the US - as she visits the UK to run a workshop on Measure for Measure in a new modern translation by leading American Asian playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil. 

This free session - coordinated by 1623 theatre company - is the first public Play On! workshop in the UK.

Please book your place by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , letting us know whether you would like to participate as a performer or an observer, and specifying your access needs.

Play On! began at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2016, when more than 30 playwrights were commissioned to translate Shakespeare's plays into contemporary English.

More than half of the playwrights were women and at least 50% were people of colour.

In summer 2019, all the translations had rehearsed readings in New York at the Play On! Festival, which ran for over four weeks at Classic Stage Company.

Visit the Play On! website for more information and all the latest news on this amazing project 

Play On! Workshop is supported by 

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1623 theatre company presents a national tour of


A fabulous fusion of drag, autobiography and Shakespeare - touring in 2020

It’s time for Queer Lady M’s cabaret!

Performed by Shane Gabriel (Funny Girls), Lady Macbeth comes to life like you’ve never experienced before.

There’s outrageous lip-syncing, cheeky dancing and sassy conversation as Queer Lady M invites you to enter her world of passion and shade.

Shane Gabriel in QUEER LADY M © Robert DayBut what happens when the show is over, when Shane removes the makeup and puts Lady M to bed? What stories will come to light as we're invited into Shane's twilight world?

Find out in 1623’s funny and moving exploration of a unique relationship between a fierce drag queen and her anxious alter-ego who join forces to fight tragedy and celebrate queerness.

Queer Lady M brings together devised performance, Shakespeare and drag while exploring the real-life experiences of working-class, gender-fluid artist Shane Gabriel. 

Tour coming in 2020. Watch this space for details.

SHANE GABRIEL performer | TIM HEYWOOD set and costume designer | REBECCA LEGG assistant director | CHRISTOPHER LYDON composer and producer | ADAM McCREADY sound designer | MICHAEL PINCHBECK dramaturgical support | LUCY J SKILBECK outside eyes | BEN SPILLER director | KITTY WINTER movement director

Thanks to Sarah Brigham from Derby Theatre, Michaela Butter and John Kirby from Attenborough Arts Centre, Lue Douthit from Play On! Shakespeare, Bill Rauch from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and audiences at the scratches and previews for supporting the development of the show. 

Follow @QueerLadyM on Twitter for all the latest news

Queer Lady M is supported by

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