Some of my favourite productions of early modern plays have been by Act One (The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth etc), the Cardiff University Drama Society.
Marvellous Pretenders are a newly formed professional theatre company, based in the Newbridge Memo.
The group, who are fronted by director and actor Suzie Rees, are the only professional producing company in the area and will be bringing classic plays to Newbridge over the next few years…the first installment being the Shakespearian classic: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Wednesday, March 1st – Saturday, March 4th
Tickets on sale now: £8 standard | £6 concession.
Ballroom Bar Open: 6.30pm | Theatre Doors: 7.00pm | Event Start: 7.30pm.
If you would like to review this production for Cardiff Shakespeare, please get in touch with Johann Gregory.
So why come and see the show?
It’s going to be great fun as the company have approached it as a Shakespearean farce so it’s quite fast and furious. Also, it’s the first opportunity to see classic theatre by the Memo’s own professional theatre company.
Is the show accessible and up to date? What can people expect?
The actors have spent a long time working on understanding the language so that the audience will be able to understand it too. Our version is a long way from the stuffy, static performances many people associate with Shakespeare.
If, like me, you’ve yet to see the RSC Tempest, there is a chance to catch it in Cardiff next Tuesday. I was lucky enough to hear the co-producer Sarah Ellis talk yesterday in Cardiff at an event on digital and the arts, where she discussed the RSC’s collaboration with Intel and Imaginarium Studios. Last semester I was teaching the play on a Late Plays module at Cardiff University and in seminars we discussed what the masque in the play would look like in the twenty-first century, so I’ll be interested to see how this scene is staged especially.
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