The Shakespeare Revue came about on the anniversary of Shakespeare’s Birthday, 23rd April 1993, when the Royal Shakespeare Company planned a celebratory service in Stratford’s Holy Trinity Church. The compilers of the show, Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee were reminded of just how many comic writers have used Shakespeare as raw material for their work.
What emerged will be seen by Newport Playgoers Society’s members and visitors from November 15- 18 at the Dolman Theatre, Newport.
The Shakespeare Revue represents the development of revue from Music Hall (The Music Hall Shakespeare and The Night I Appeared As Macbeth) through the ‘20s and 30s (If You Go Down To The Vault Tonight, Which Witch, The Shakespearean Rag, Let’s Do It) 40s: (Brush Up Your Shakespeare) 50s: (Wherefore Art Thou Juliet?, Give Us A Rest) 60s: The Man Who Speaks In Anagrams, So That’s The Way You Like It, Cravin’ for The Avon) up to more modern offerings from the likes of Monty Python, Dillie Kean, Stephen Sondheim, Drewe & Stiles, Victoria Wood and Ronald Harwood (The Dresser).
The producers Steve & Chris Bissex-Williams will present a sparkling anthology of songs and sketches inspired by William Shakespeare and includes material by Alan Bennett, Noel Coward, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Maureen Lipman, Derek Nimmo, Cole Porter, Ned Sherrin and Sandy Wilson.