RIP Mr Shakespeare

RIP Mr Shakespeare

Performed by Hand In Hand Theatre Company
St George’s Hall
11th August 2016

Review by Colin Serjent

This is an affectionate and humourous tribute to the Bard. The Wirral-based Hand In Hand Theatre Company performed the multi-award winning show RIP Mr Shakespeare for the final time.

Shakespeare is on his deathbed as twenty of his plays are intertwined amid contemporary interpretations of his text and a multitude of clowns, all wearing spectacular and brightly coloured costumes, enact bizarre displays relating to particular plays.

He sometimes whinges at their treatment of his sacred words. I was notably amused at the verbal interaction between ‘The Servant’, who Shakespeare had not given a name to in his writings. The Servant sometimes quoted one of his famous phrases but Shakespeare uttered “I said that”, but The Servant replied “No, I said it”. Meaning that he had just voiced the quote!

The recorded music used, which was a fascinating mix, added colour to the feelgood factor present throughout.

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