As 2016 comes to an end the tributes to Shakespeare do not! For one week in November The Shakespeare Revue, a comic concoction of hilarious sketches and show-stopping numbers written by comedy icons Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Maureen Lipman, Monty Python, Noël Coward, Cole Porter, Fry & Laurie and musical theatre favourites, Stephen Sondheim, Stiles & Drewe and many more, returns to the stage with a UK tour as part of the nationwide celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The production will be at Richmond Theatre before moving on to Theatre Royal Brighton (Mon 21st – Sat 26th November 2016) Mon 21st – Sat 26th November 2016 and Theatre Royal Glasgow (Tue 29th November – Sat 3rd December 2016)
With contributions from over forty writers, this joyous words-and-music celebration gathers together some of the finest comic material inspired by William Shakespeare. Originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Shakespeare Revue first premiered at the Barbican Theatre in 1994 where it received raptuous critical and public acclaim prompting a West End transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre in 1995. Since then the show has played off-Broadway and has completed five major tours of the USA.
Multiple Olivier award-winning Producer Kenny Wax says: “In 1994 my Producer friend Edward Snape asked me to book some dates for The Shakespeare Revue – a show that he was touring at the time. I fell in love with the performances, the sketches, the wonderful music and the sheer unadulterated fun that emanated from the stage. I’m delighted to be presenting the show with Cambridge Arts Theatre this time with a fresh, updated new version.”
Devised by Christopher Luscombe (director of the 2016 Best New Comedy Award winner Nell Gwynn starring Gemma Arterton) and Malcolm McKee, The Shakespeare Revue is directed by Malcolm McKee with choreography by Jenny Arnold and Nicola Keen and musical direction by Malcolm McKee. Cast to include: Alex Scott Fairley, Alex Morgan, Anna Stolli, Lizzie Bea.
The UK tour is produced by Kenny Wax Ltd and Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Twitter: @shakespearevue #Shakespeare400