Shakespeare in the Garden: What You Will (3 stars)

Compilation capturing the heart of the Bard


This article is from 2015.

Shakespeare in the Garden: What You Will

credit: Nick Rutter

It’s an old fashioned idea and presented in an old fashioned way. But in compiling scenes from the Bard’s most powerful plays, Shakespeare in the Garden succeeds in capturing the emotional heart at the centre of the works.

Opening with the storm at the start of The Tempest, the versatile cast of four take a headlong dive into the rich range of characters that populate the plays. They present a selection of famous encounters such as Richard III’s cynical wooing of Lady Anne, Prince Hal’s carousing with and later rejection of Falstaff, the mocking of Malvolio, the murderous plotting of MacBeth, the sweet innocent love of Juliet and more.

It is all presented with the minimum of props and no scenery apart from the lush green lawn of C south’s garden. A narrator strings it together with introductions and brief facts from Shakespeare’s life. Three of the cast take it in turns to step up to the plate and, by bringing the characters to life, reveal for us the profound understanding of the human condition to be found in the plays.

It all makes for a delightful hour which would appeal to those that know the plays and those discovering them for the first time.

C south, 0845 260 1234, until 31 Aug (not 18), 6.30pm, £8.50--£9.50 (£6.50--£7.50).

This article is from 2015.

Shakespeare in the Garden: What You Will

  • 3 stars

C theatre in association with The Globe Players A lively introduction to Shakespeare and his plays as we find ourselves mariners caught in a great tempest at sea. Cast ashore, we meet many of the characters that populate Shakespeare’s world. Combining scenes from ten of the Bard's comedies, tragedies and histories…


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