Productions to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare continue unabated with some of his finest work being staged by some of the country’s top theatre companies.
Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre has struck gold with two co-productions coming to the venue next month.
Bristol-based Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Tobacco Factory Theatres bring his most famous play, Hamlet, alongside the lesser known All’s Well That Ends Well as part of a national tour.
Probably the most famous play in the world, Hamlet brings together politics, madness, sex and murder in a drama that’s is both thrilling and deeply tragic. It runs at the SJT from May 17-21.
In All’s Well That Ends Well a young woman saves the French king’s life and is rewarded with the right to choose her own husband. But what if the chosen one won’t play the game? How can she get him into bed? How can she make him love her? All’s Well That Ends Well runs May 19-20.
The two plays will be performed by a single cast of 15 actors, including Alan Mahon, an exciting young Irish actor who trained at the Lir Academy and was recently seen as Edgar in King Lear in Dublin. He joins stf for the first time to play the title role in Hamlet.
Other company members are: Christopher Bianchi, David Collins, Alan Coveney, Paul Currier, Craig Fuller, Nicky Goldie, Julia Hills, Joel Macey, Callum McIntyre, Isabella Marshall, Byron Mondahl, John Sandeman, Laurence Varda and Eleanor Yates.
Andrew Hilton, artistic director at stf, directs both productions and says: “As an actor I have played in Hamlet many times, but this will be my first production, fulfilling a lifelong ambition.
“All’s Well That Ends Well will be a very different challenge but will make an excellent partner; it’s a play brimming with the kind of ambiguity of tone that I relish, as well as offering terrific parts for women (to whom the play really belongs), and some fine comedy.”
2016 Tour Dates
Until April 30, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol. April 21, International Shakespeare Festival, Craiova May 3-7, Theatre Royal, Winchester May 10-14, The Dukes, Lancaster May 17-21, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough May 24-28, Derby Theatre June 7-11, The Lowry, Salford June 14-18, Northcott Theatre, Exeter June 24-25, Neuss Globe Shakespeare Festival, Germany.