Shakespeare North Playhouse Announces New Season

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By: Nov. 23, 2022
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Shakespeare North Playhouse Announces New Season

Shakespeare North Playhouse has announced two co-productions for 2023 to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's First Folio.

The Comedy of Errors (more or less), a co-production with Stephen Joseph Theatre, will open at Shakespeare North Playhouse on Friday 3 March 2023 running until Saturday 25 March 2023. Adapted by Elizabeth Godber and Nick Lane the production will be directed by Paul Robinson. The creative team is confirmed as Jess Curtis (Design), Chuma Emembolu (Lighting Design), Simon Slater (Composer and Sound Designer), Wayne Parsons (Movement Director and Choreographer) and Alex Weatherhill (Musical Director). Casting will be led by Sarah Hughes with casting to be announced.

Lauren Gunderson's The Book of Will, a co-production with Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Octagon Theatre Bolton, will make its European and UK premiere at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch before taking to the stage at Shakespeare North Playhouse from Thursday 19 October until Saturday 11 November 2023. Lauren Gunderson is one of the USA's most celebrated and widely performed playwrights, most recently writing the acclaimed adaptation of The Time Traveller's Wife (Storyhouse, Chester). Directed by the Octagon's Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham, further creatives and casting are to be announced.

The First Folio, is the first collection of Shakespeare's work that was collated and published in 1623. This collection is made up of 36 plays and without it, many of Shakespeare's most revered works would have been lost. Now, 400 years on from its publishing, Shakespeare North Playhouse will celebrate this achievement, staging co-productions that are included in the First Folio or in response to the Folio.

Laura Collier, Creative Director at Shakespeare North Playhouse said:

"In July 2022 we opened our doors to the public, welcoming thousands of people to Shakespeare North Playhouse. Our first six months have been filled with joy, learning and community that all those involved in the artistic programme are so grateful for.

Now we look ahead to 2023, a year that we'll celebrate the 400th anniversary of the First Folio of Shakespeare's work. The producers which we have chosen to work alongside to mark the 400th anniversary of the first folio are exemplary. I have no doubt the way in which these titles, both well-known and new, will be reimagined. They will entertain and inspire audiences across the country as we continue to celebrate an array of unique and diverse voices.

And this is only the beginning, we have so many exciting plans for the programme bubbling away that we can't wait to reveal."

Tickets go on sale early December 2023, date to be announced.



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