An Ellesmere Port based production company which promotes a strong sense of community, civic pride and social inclusion is set to bring stormy weather to Liverpool’s famous St George’s Hall.
Chalice Media, near the Port’s historic high street, announced in the spring it had gained a prestigious season of classic Shakespeare comedies and tragedies in the landmark building as part of the celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.
Appropriately entitled Where There’s A Will, the programme features four of Shakespeare’s most popular plays which are being staged in the stunning Concert Room at the iconic venue.
Having started in April with a highly successful ‘dark and disturbing, diesel-punk-inspired adaptation’ of Macbeth the season moves on to The Tempest on June 3 and 4 and Romeo and Juliet on July 2 and 3 before concluding with Much Ado About Nothing from August 3 to August 5.
Chalice’s inspired incarnation of the dark and tragic Scottish play, described as a ‘frantic, fuelled and wholly engaging’ contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most explosive tragedies, led a critic to praise the ‘dramatic and effective performance’ and to add: “I will look forward to seeing more of their alternative takes on Shakespeare’s work.”
Laura J Harris, director at Chalice Media, said at the time: “We’re extremely excited to announce the season at St George’s Hall.
“It’s the perfect historic setting to celebrate the works of the Bard during this very special year. We’re having a lot of fun developing the season and we cannot wait to entertain audiences in the beautiful Concert Room.
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“The plays will be far from traditional, stifled or stuffy!”
Fans of the Bard can now look forward to The Tempest, a masterpiece which is believed by many scholars to be Shakespeare’s final play.
With the re-invention and adaptations with a contemporary creative flair that have become the signature touch of Chalice Media’s reworking of Shakespeare’s plays, Laura says: “This is not The Tempest as you may have known it with not a cod-piece or pantaloon in sight!
“As ever, we are still using the original language and I think that’s important. We hope to bring something new to this play, to breathe new life into the characters; but the words should always - and I think must always - belong to Shakespeare.
“In this important anniversary year, we look forward to introducing new audiences to a playwright in whom we hope they will find a friend for life!”
The ‘inspired adaptation’, featuring original music composed by Laura and Ben Murray especially for the 90 minute production, will run straight through from start to finish without an interval.
Laura added: “We hope you will join us for this magical journey into a steam-fuelled alternate reality and alternate take on one of the Bard’s finest stage-plays.”
The Tempest will be followed by Romeo And Juliet on July 2 and 3 and Much Ado About Nothing from August 3-5. Tickets are now on sale from Ticketquarter.co.uk.
Tickets for The Tempest are £14 adults, £12 season ticket price, £10 per person for school groups including two free tickets in every 10.
General tickets can be purchased at www.ticketquarter.co.uk or by telephoning 0844 800 0410. The show is at 7.30pm each night.