Original plays about Bard’s life feature in Shakespeare festival

PUBLISHED: 19:00 03 June 2018

One of the performances at last year�s festival. Picture: Jon Craig

One of the performances at last year�s festival. Picture: Jon Craig

Jon Craig

A Shakespeare festival will feature performances of some of the Bard’s famous plays.

The Bristol festival, which is in its 15th year, will run from Wednesday to July 29 across a number of venues.

As well of performances of Romeo And Juliet, Twelfth Night and Henry V, two original shows will be staged.

The first, 1599: The Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare is based on the book by James Shapiro, and shows how a single year transformed the playwright’s fortunes.

People can also watch Hamlet The Musical, an irreverent and playful take on one of Shakespeare’s tragedies.

Festival highlights also include performances of Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Tempest.

The Shakespeare festival will also have workshops for children.

A full programme, and tickets priced £5-39, are available from www.bristolshakespeare

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