Westacre’s young cast ‘do different’ with Shakespeare

Westacre 's cast in rehearsal for "All's Not As Well As You'd Like It"
Westacre 's cast in rehearsal for "All's Not As Well As You'd Like It"

In this year marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, theatre-goers across the land wanting to see Shakespeare’s plays are thoroughly spoilt for choice.

But Westacre Theatre, your local community venue in West Norfolk, does it differently once again with these unusual opportunities. The venue’s Young People are to present an original Shakespeare Show devised exclusively for Westacre by Katherine Shaw.

“All’s Not As Well As You’d Like It” features 70 excerpts from 28 of Shakespeare’s works no less, giving you a unique glimpse into the lives of 400 of his characters.

As his demise now fast approaches, Shakespeare’s mind wanders through his own midsummer night’s dream of memories. His glorious portrayal of the human condition is celebrated to the full by this young ensemble in live song, inventive puppetry and the well-known words of Shakespeare himself.

Katherine said: “The technical design and wizardry of our own Merlyn Salter has helped produce an imaginative, dynamic and colourful compilation. It really has a genuine appeal for all ages.”

There are three performances on Friday and Saturday, July 8-9. With tickets on sale at only £8 (and with under 21s at £5), there is no excuse for anyone not going along to keep count of the 400 characters, both visible and virtual.

As if that were not enough, you can also join Westacre Theatre’s regular cast and crew to read through Shakespeare’s complete works in only 400 minutes.

They will need lots of readers for this marathon fundraising event.

You can read a part in just one play or as many as you like. It starts at noon on Saturday.July 16, and therefore finishes at 6.40pm precisely. You are invited to go along and help Westacre Theatre in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The record-breaking afternoon needs perfect organisation so it is essential to register with the Box Office as soon as you can. And to unwind afterwards there will be a barbecue supper.

If you like to sit back and enjoy absolutely first rate Shakespeare performances, then there are yet more Live Screenings direct from the Royal Shakespeare Company still to come – the rarely performed romance Cymbeline in September and the powerful King Lear in October – both at only £12 each.

The RSC screenings in the spring and summer have been sell-outs so you would do well to book them early.

All these events can be booked at www.westacretheatre.com or by calling 01760 755800.