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Master Shakeshafte

by Peter Parkinson
directed by John Crook

Master Shakeshafte



Discover how Shakespeare spent his infamous ‘Lost Years’.  Possibly...

The world premiere of a new play, by long-standing RSS member Peter Parkinson, speculates on Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’ – a riddle that has long puzzled, and divided, Shakespearean literary and historical sleuths.

He was born in 1564.  What was he doing in the 1580s?  Was a young, impressionable Will “getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting”?  It is generally accepted that he got at least one wench with child, that there were persistent rumours of poaching deer, that he wasn't regarded as polite to his elders and, as for fighting... you only have to read the first scene of Romeo and Juliet to see that Shakespeare knew how to start a punch-up.

Come along to the Mary Wallace Theatre to find out what might have drawn our beloved house dramatist from his native Stratford to a far-flung tower on a hill in the north of England... where he might have first developed his taste for theatre and might have found the inspiration for many of his most memorable plots and characters.

A fascinating fantastical fiction based upon possible truth... in which you’ll not only see Shakespeare in love, but in Lancashire too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 September 2014

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Other past productions

  1. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  2. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  3. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  4. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  5. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  6. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  7. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  8. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  9. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  10. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  11. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  12. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  13. Collaborators - John Hodge
  14. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  15. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  16. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  17. The White Devil - John Webster
  18. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  19. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  20. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  21. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  22. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  23. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  24. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  25. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  26. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  27. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  28. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  29. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  30. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  31. Othello - William Shakespeare
  32. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  33. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  34. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  35. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  36. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  37. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  38. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  39. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  40. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  41. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  42. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  43. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  44. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  45. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  46. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  47. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  48. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  49. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  50. In the Club - Richard Bean
  51. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  52. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  53. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  54. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  55. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  56. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  57. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  58. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  59. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  60. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  61. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  62. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  63. King John - William Shakespeare
  64. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  65. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  66. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  67. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  68. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  69. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  70. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  71. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  72. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  73. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  74. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  75. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  76. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  77. Iron - Rona Munro
  78. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  79. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  80. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  81. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  82. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  83. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  84. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  85. Harvey - Mary Chase
  86. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  87. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
  88. Henry V - William Shakespeare
  89. Arabian Nights - adapted by Dominic Cooke
  90. Vincent in Brixton - Nicholas Wright
  91. The Real Thing - Tom Stoppard
  92. Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare
  93. An Inspector Calls - J. B. Priestley
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 020 8744 0547
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“Thus we play the fools with time; and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us” Henry IV, Act ii, Sc.2