Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog

Joyous celebration of language and proof there is still life in scripted theatre

Shakespeare, his Wife and the Dog, is a joyous celebration of language, despite the underlying themes of senility and death. Finding himself unfashionable, Shakespeare retires and makes his household's lives miserable. Challenged by his wife, he goes through his glorious past, quoting from his glories and trying to find meaning in his past.

Shakespeare, his Wife and the Dog proves that there is still life in scripted theatre. Adapting familiar source material – the life and works of the Bard – it engages the audience through strong central performances.

As a meditation on old age, the script is given a sparkle by the quotations, but it feeds heavily on the reputation of the hero: the main points are stolen from various of his plays, and the strength of the production comes from the charming central performances.

Shakespeare looks back to the past, and hooks into the ongoing public love of Shakespeare. While devised theatre, physical theatre or dance theatre may be more fashionable, the script still has a tale to tell.

Summerhall, 560 1581, until 24 Aug, 2pm, £14 (£10).

Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog

  • 4 stars

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