Since Shakespeare didn’t write for the boys’ companies, as a rule we don’t usually perform his stuff – unless there’s a very good reason. Like these two…
Reason Number One: Saturday 23rd April
Edward’s Boys will be staging a special performance, entitled Unperfect Actors. Lasting approximately 25 minutes, the show features sonnets, songs and extracts from the plays of William Shakespeare, and reflects something of the range of styles and tones to be found in his works. Performances will take place on the school site, adjacent to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall as part of the celebrations marking Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.
(1.00pm; 2.00pm; 3.00pm)
“As Shakespeare himself was inspired by the drama he experienced in and around the Schoolroom, it is peculiarly fitting that his present-day representatives should show how they have been inspired by his work, in their turn.” (Perry Mills)
Reason Number Two: Saturday 30th April
Edward’s Boys have been invited by the Houses of Parliament to perform Act Four, Scene One of Shakespeare’s Richard II in Westminster Hall. The event is being advertised as Will at Westminster. The invitation is a privilege and exciting for several reasons: it is an immensely powerful scene from a great play where King Richard is forced to hand over his crown; this is the very location in which the actual historical event took place in 1399; this is the first time (according to the archives of both the Palace of Westminster and the Theatre Museum) that this scene has been given a public performance in this space.
Performances will take place at regular intervals between 11am and 2pm, and are open to all visitors to Westminster Hall – there is no additional booking required. Please note that visitors to Parliament will require a ticket for an audio tour or guided tour on Saturday 30 April.
For more information about Will at Westminster, please visit: http://www.parliament.uk/will-at-westminster
For more information about visiting Parliament, please visit: http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-and-tours/tours-of-parliament/