Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare

1 - 6 March 2016 / 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 18:00
The Pit

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Forced Entertainment brings you the Complete Works like you’ve never seen it before, each of Shakespeare’s 36 plays condensed and presented on a table top using a cast of ordinary, everyday objects.

A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A spoon stands in for a servant and a candle for the Friar. Macbeth becomes a cheese grater, Pericles a light bulb and Hamlet’s now a bottle of ink.

Theatre pioneers Forced Entertainment explore the dynamic force of narrative and language in their simple yet distinctive summary of the playwright’s comedies, tragedies, histories and late work. One by one, members of the ensemble retell all the plays over six days - creating scaled-down worlds that are vivid, accessible and comic - inviting audiences to enjoy one or as many performances as they fancy.

Approx 45–60 mins each/no interval
Please note, running times are approximate and may vary

Age guidance 14+

This event is part of:
Play On...
Theatre & Dance


Presented by the Barbican

Supported by LIFT

Co-produced by Berliner Festspiele – Foreign Affairs Festival, Berlin and Theaterfestival Basel

Thanks to the Royal Shakespeare Company, who commissioned Be Stone No More by Tim Etchells in 2012 for the World Shakespeare Festival – an early, development version of this project, as well as to the people who participated in that phase of the work


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