To mark this year’s 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, New Theatre Royal has included a host of works by, and inspired by, The Bard in this season’s programme.
The shows are aimed at different audiences and ages to help make Shakespeare accessible to everyone.
The events start on Sunday, May 8, with Shakespeare Untold, a family-friendly double bill of plays from London’s world-renowned venue, Shakespeare’s Globe.
The critically-acclaimed show offers an alternative twist to two Shakespearean classics, retelling the stories you know from the characters you don’t.
In Romeo Untold, the story of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet is retold through the eyes of the Capulet Ball’s party planner.
After the interval, Titus Untold retells Shakespeare’s goriest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, as seen from the kitchen of Titus’s piemaker.
These shows premiered to great critical and popular acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, and are now touring internationally.
This is followed by the Ballet Cymru’s performance of Romeo and Juliet on May 26. The award-winning company will present an extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece complete with intense fighting, passionate duets, dramatic choreography, exquisite costumes and extraordinary video projections.
Finally, on July 13, The Globe on Tour will return to perform their riotous new production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Led by a joyful ensemble of players, audiences will be entertained with songs, romance and chaos, as they hurl Shakespeare’s anarchic comedy into the 21st century.
n We have a family tickets (for two adults and two children, worth £40) to see Shakespeare Untold on Sunday, May 8 to be won.
Just answer this question: In which Italian city is Romeo and Juliet set?
Send your answer on a postcard, with your full name, address and daytime telephone number, to:
Shakespeare Untold Competition, The News, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Western Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the same information.
Entry closes at 5pm, Thursday, May 5.
Normal Johnston Press competition rules apply.