Shakespeare double bill at city’s theatre

Marking four centuries since the great playwright died, Shakespeare at the  Tobacco Factory brings a double bill of his work to Derby.

Politics, madness, sex and murder play their part in Hamlet, the most famous play in world theatre – a tragedy that is both thriller and meditation on the human condition.

Paired with Hamlet on this tour is the exquisite romantic comedy All’s Well That Ends Well. Helena, a young woman, uses skills bequeathed to her by her father to save the French King’s life, and is rewarded with the right to choose her own husband. But what if the chosen one won’t play the game? How can she make him love her?

Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory is an international touring ensemble based in Bristol, dedicated to producing Shakespeare and other classic work.

Highly acclaimed for their productions, and renowned for their clear story telling, this is the first time they have toured both plays in their season to a national audience.

The company last came to Derby Theatre in 2015 with Romeo and Juliet.

A single cast of 15 actors will perform both plays.

Alan Mahon is an exciting young Irish actor, and joins the company for the first time to play the title role in Hamlet and Charles Dumain in All’s Well That Ends Well.

Isabella Marshall (Ophelia and Diana in All’s Well), is also new to the company and comes straight from Sally Cookson’s acclaimed production of Cinderella in Birmingham.

Other member of the company include Christopher Bianchi, Ian Barritt, Alan Coveney, Paul Currier, Craig Fuller, Nicky Goldie, Julia Hills, Callum McIntyre, Marc Geoffrey, John Sandeman and Eleanor Yates.

They are joined by Joel Macey and Laurence Varda graduates of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

n Hamlet can be seen on May 24, 27 and 28 at 7.15pm and on May 25 and 26 at 2pm. All’s Well That Ends Well can be seen on May 25 at 7.15pm and May 28 at 2pm. For tickets go to http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk

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