A Bard back-story at Westacre Theatre
Westacre Theatre brings a back-story of the Bard – ‘The Secret Love Life of Ophelia’ – which is to be performed on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2.
How it feels to fall in love – talented playwright Steven Berkoff explains just that as he charts the intriguing love affair between the Danish Prince Hamlet and beautiful Ophelia.
A remarkable retelling of Shakespeare, “The Secret Love Life of Ophelia” unfolds through the passionate love letters written between the two of them, all despite the strong disapproval of Claudius’ establishment.
This promising premise is presented on the Westacre Theatre stage through movement, music and lighting.
A fleshing out of the courtly love between Hamlet and Ophelia, their grand emotions are always tempered by tenderness.
Shakespeare’s play makes it difficult to unravel Hamlet’s declaration of his love from the circumstances surrounding his return.
So this ‘back-story’ of the intense drama beneath the surface has attracted widespread interest from many avid followers of Shakespeare’s work.
Westacre Theatre’s thoughtful production about the secret love of these two rousing characters offers a fresh imaginative approach that is both suggestive and revealing.
Hamlet says “The play’s the thing…” and this play certainly expresses a new vision underlying Shakespeare’s timeless writing which makes the most of this wonderful opportunity.
The tragic courtship is captured in two performances of this potent one act play on March 1 and 2, starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £12 (£8 under-21s) with booking through www.westacretheatre.com or 01760 755800.