Forced Entertainment

“Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare”

36 world premieres

The performances will be streamed live
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Forced Entertainment: „Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare“. [Video trailer]

  • Duration: approx. 40 min each
  • In English

Past Dates

As part of the symposium Zeitverschwendung. Time structures in art and society, Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment) and Ragnar Kjartansson will participate in an artist talk on 26 June 2015, chaired by Jörn Schafaff.

A charming and ostentatious idea. The entirety of Shakespeare’s canon. All 36 plays. As told by Forced Entertainment. And, to make the whole thing a little more difficult: one performer, one metre table and 40 minutes per play. No one tells stories as brilliantly, lightly and wittily as this Sheffield company. Time and again, they have given us the greatest shows in the most minimal of settings, and ever since their first story-telling marathon “And on the 1000th Night”, they have been counted among the greatest experts for long formats. This time, one by one, over nine days at the Foreign Affairs Festival, Forced Entertainment performers create condensed versions of every Shakespeare play ever written, comically and intimately retelling them using a collection of everyday unextraordinary objects.

With Robin Arthur, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor

Directed by Tim Etchells
Texts Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor
Design Richard Lowdon
Management Eileen Evans

Production manager Jim Harrison
Administration Natalie Simpson
Marketing Sam Stockdale

Production: Forced Entertainment
Co-production: Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs, Theaterfestival Basel
Forced Entertainment are: Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells (Artistic Director), Richard Lowdon (Designer), Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor.

With thanks to: RSC My Shakespeare Initiative

Kindly supported by the British Council