Monday, 6 September 2010
Welcome to the Shakespeare Revue!
Selwyn & I are very excited to have been asked to direct this wonderful show. It was originally created by members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1994, compiled by Christopher Luscombe & Malcolm McKee. It was first produced at the Barbican, and afterwards in the West End and on a long successful tour in the UK and the States.
It’s a totally unserious look at the world of Shakespeare, his plays and their actors, done in a traditional revue format of songs and sketches, with extracts from musicals, plays, comic novels, Music Hall numbers, Cambridge Footlights, and quite a number of new items written specifically for the show. The selection of authors includes Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood, Maureen Lipman, Alan Bennett, Richmal Crompton, with some bits of yer actual Shakespeare thrown in; composers include Cole Porter, Sandy Wilson, Fascinating Aida and Stephen Sondheim. There are 39 items altogether, of which 21 are sung. The costumes and set will be simple, leaving the cast (with help from occasional props, such as a mobile balcony for Juliet – I kid you not) to provide the colour.