Ahead of performances at Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon this Saturday, 27thApril, we are relocating the team to the RSC this week, to rehearse in the famous building, in preparation for performances that will take over some of the most well-known areas of the town.
Highly Sprung will be bringing a playful and mischievous pop-up street theatre show All the Street’s a Stage in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations this weekend.
The brand-new street show is a family friendly improvisational comedy inspired by the current RSC production As You Like It, taking the production’s style of exposing the art of creating theatre, into the streets of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Performances are led by two Theatricals, a mad-hap pair of theatre ‘wannabe’s’ who will create a stage in different town centre locations across the celebration day.
A strange tree will appear in each location- made from not wood, but wooden ladders, the rungs of which become theatre store and props table. We will also reveal a glittering changing cubicle on wheels, stuffed with fabulous costumes, wigs and accessories.
The two Theatricals will interact with audiences allowing them to shape the performance and make decisions on which costumes, characters, and props to use. Once ready they will perform one of three stories taking inspiration from Shakespeare’s best characters and plotlines, memorable moments of love, laughter, marriage, murder and everything in between, all to celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare on his Birthday weekend.
We always try to do something different with our performances and for the Birthday Celebrations, we wanted to do something to really interact with visitors to Stratford and to celebrate Shakespeare at the same time.
We’re thrilled to be involved with the celebrations and to be able to bring Shakespeare to life on such an important weekend for Stratford-upon-Avon.
All the Street’s a Stage will be performed from 9am in Bridge Street, 9.45am in the town centre, 11.45am at Avon Bank Gardens, 2pm and 3.30pm at Bancroft Terrace.
Performances happen alongside the Celebration Parade, the Quill Ceremony, Community Parade, artisan food court, markets, free workshops, the Scarecrow Festival and the National Living Statue Championships all take place across the weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon.
More information on Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations.