The residents of York are absolutely spoiled rotten for Shakespeare at the moment.
With the Rose Theatre proudly back in Piccadilly until 1 September - this year showing Hamlet, Henry V, Twelfth Night and The Tempest and opening its doors this week to yet again rave reviews - theatregoers, in spite of this ghastly summer, are wrapping up warm to enjoy this amazing opportunity: and so they should.
Aside from this, The Great Yorkshire Fringe looms just around the corner and, for fans of the bard who fancy something a little leftfield, Impromptu Shakespeare are in town on 22 and 23 of July offering us a set to have some fun with "the words he never wrote."
Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in between, Impromptu Shakespeare brings you an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play, inspired by audience suggestions, to delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike. They are one of the UK’s top genre improv shows and have enjoyed five critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and three at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival.
“Ingenious and very funny”
Each hour-long show is different but unmistakably Shakespearean, echoing his themes, characters and language. It’s perfect for families with children (age guidance 10+) with its winning combination of accessible irreverence whilst striving to be as true as possible to Shakespeare. This Shakespearean theme is anything but a gimmick as the cast are not only leading theatrical and comedic improvisers but all have strong education and experience in classical text; dissertations on Shakespeare’s works, training with Shakespeare’s Globe and a whole array of acclaimed Shakespeare credits including the RSC, all serving to inform these hilariously accurate shows.
So whether you’re a Bardophile (yes, that’s a word… now) or can’t stand iambic pentameter, Shakespeare’s fire shows no sign of dampening and there’ss something for both fan and sceptic.