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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 Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  2. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  3. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  4. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  5. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  6. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  7. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  8. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  9. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  10. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  11. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  12. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  13. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  14. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  15. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  16. Collaborators - John Hodge
  17. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  18. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  19. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  20. The White Devil - John Webster
  21. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  22. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  23. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  24. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  25. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  26. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  27. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  28. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  29. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  30. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  31. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  32. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  33. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  34. Othello - William Shakespeare
  35. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  36. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  37. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  38. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  39. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  40. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  41. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  42. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  43. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  44. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  45. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  46. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  47. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  48. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  49. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  50. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  51. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  52. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  53. In the Club - Richard Bean
  54. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  55. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  56. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  57. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  58. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  59. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  60. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  61. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  62. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  63. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  64. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  65. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  66. King John - William Shakespeare
  67. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  68. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  69. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  70. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  71. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  72. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  73. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  74. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  75. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  76. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  77. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  78. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  79. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  80. Iron - Rona Munro
  81. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  82. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  83. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  84. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  85. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  86. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  87. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  88. Harvey - Mary Chase
  89. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  90. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
  91. Henry V - William Shakespeare
  92. Arabian Nights - adapted by Dominic Cooke
  93. Vincent in Brixton - Nicholas Wright
  94. The Real Thing - Tom Stoppard
  95. Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 07484 927 662
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“The course of true love never did run smooth” Midsummer Nights Dream, Act i, Sc.1