All the world’s a stage ... and now even between the bookshelves at Lynn Library.
Next month a theatre company will be in town to perform a rapid re-telling of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet entitled The Book’s The Thing.
It’s part of a tour of UK libraries this spring, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Librarian Theatre is a new company which creates shows based on classic plays and stories, and adapt them to be performed between the bookshelves at libraries and bookshops.
The Book’s the Thing is Hamlet, but not as you’ve seen it before, and seasoned Shakespeare fans will love this refreshing new take on the classic.
It is a fast-paced adaptation of Hamlet, set in a library and performed by just three actors and a puppet Ophelia.
The 75-minute ‘rapid re-telling’ was newly adapted by the company’s co-founders Tom Cuthbertson, who will be directing the production, and Kelly Eva-May, who plays the lead role of Hamlet.
Other cast members include Sarah Ratheram and Keith Hill
Librarian Theatre’s initial idea was met with widespread support when it crowdfunded over £6,000 in October to get the project started.
Praise was shared on Twitter from big literary names such as Margaret Atwood, Mark Haddon and Joanne Harris, and an article about the campaign featured in The Stage.
In early 2016 Arts Council England awarded a grant of just under £49,000 from National Lottery funds to support the production on a 10-week tour to over 40 UK libraries.
It is a not-for-profit organisation working alongside the library sector to provide accessible, affordable and professional quality theatre to local communities, while using their tours as opportunities to promote and protect public library services, reading and literacy.
The Lynn performance is on Saturday, May 21 at 7.30pm (and there are also performances at Norwich on May 20 and Dereham on May 22).
Tickets are £7 (concs £4) and can only be purchased by going to www.librariantheatre.com