Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare

For the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Romaeuropa Festival presents one of the most original and radical works by Forced Entertainment: Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare. More than just a “tour de force” through all of Shakespeare’s plays during a single week, the show is a genuine dramatic device that will see actors from the company reduce 36 plays into 40-60 minute performances, acted out on top of a 1 sqm table using normal everyday objects. A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A ruler for the prince. A spoon for the servant. A water bottle for the messenger…

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare

Founded in 1984 in Sheffield, UK, and led by the charismatic Tim Etchells, Forced Entertainment captured international attention for its constant experimentation with forms and languages in a constant dialogue between the comic and the dramatic. The group has six stable members, in addition to numerous collaborators studying what theatre and performance mean for our contemporary society and the relationship between the stage and the audience.

Complete Works creates a dimension of intimacy and closeness to the spectator, exploring the strength of the narration and the power of Shakespearean language expressed by the silence of apparently inanimate objects. The wooden table becomes the arena of the audience’s imagination and the centre of their feelings. In the words of Tim Etchells, “If the comedies aren’t incredibly funny, it’s not really our problem – it’s more of Shakespeare’s problem”.

Complete schedule:

Saturday 8th
15:00 Corialanus
16:00 King John
17:00 Macbeth
19:00 Loves Labour’s Lost
20:00 Richard II
21:00 The Taming of the Shrew

Sunday 9th
15:00 Timon of Athens
16:00 Two Gentlemen of Verona
17:00 Romeo and Juliet
19:00 Much Ado about Nothing
20:00 Henry IV – Part 1
21:00 Antony and Cleopatra

Tuesday 11th
19:00 Othello
20:00 Henry IV – Part 2
21:00 The Merchant of Venice

Wednesday 12th
19:00 Julius Caesar
20:00 Henry V
21:00 Twelfth Night

Thursday 13th
19:00 Cymbeline
20:00 Henry VI – Part 1
21:00 As You Like It

Friday 14th
19:00 Comedy of Errors
20:00 Henry VI – Part 2
21:00 Measure for Measure

Saturday 15th
15:00 Titus Andronicus
16:00 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
17:00 The Winter’s Tale
19:00 All’s Well That Ends Well
20:00 Henry VI – Part 3
21:00 Hamlet

Sunday 16th
15:00 Pericles
16:00 The Merry Wives of Windsor
17:00 King Lear
19:00 Troilus and Cressida
20:00 Richard III
21:00 The Tempest

October 8th – October 16th 2016

Opificio Romaeuropa, Via dei Magazzini Generali 20/A

Saturday and Sunday 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 pm, Tuesday through Friday 7 – 8 – 9 pm

One play full price ticket 10 € | Reductions  € 7, € 5 (reduced 2)
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