World War Two is over, and the soldiers have finally come home. In this colourful, spirited rendition of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, romantic shenanigans provide a welcome relief for the battle-weary characters and delight the audience.
Spider-like and wretched, Tom Mothersdale’s Richard III practically crawls across the stage. Every body movement signals his grotesque nature.
This is Shakespeare, but not as you know it.
Jo Davies’ fervently witty production of Twelfth Night at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre will leave you with throbbing cheeks after an evening of smiling and laughter.
Much Ado About Nothing is one of the most frequently performed and familiar of Shakespeare’s comedies, and this RSC touring production feels safe yet fun.
‘As modern as possible’: Shakespeare with a twist comes to Salford in teenage adaptation of Twelfth Night
Picture a Shakespeare production with text messages and dance parties aiming to attract a younger audience.
Shakespeare, with an accessible Mancunian twist – that’s what Manchester Shakespeare Company founders John Topliff and Gina T Frost are striving for as they commemorate the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death.
The crowd gathers in anticipation. Young and old take their positions in plush red seats, in a theatre which removes all barriers between the actors and the audience.
‘While our lovers can talk, they cannot touch’: Disabled Manchester actors explore technology as barrier to love
Technology is seen by many as something that can break down all conceivable barriers.
‘Cars not conduit to the soul’: Akala on Jay Z, his status and Shakespeare ahead of sold out Manchester Gorilla gig
A show reel of creativity and accolades precedes Akala.
The multi-award winning Proud and Loud Arts are experimenting with the power of the latest digital projection technology at the Contact theatre to deliver a truly unique reading of the age-old tale of forbidden lovers.