Shakespeare Shattered is performed by the Mainstage Theatre, Washington, as part of the American Highschool Theatre Festival.Three male and three female actors perform excerpts from various Shakespeare works. The programme is based on themes, such as unrequited love (As You Like It), sweet love (The Tempest) or doomed love (Hamlet and Romeo And Juliet). They look at fools (Twelfth Night), plays in which women dress as men and the relationships between fathers and daughters. They perform the witches scene from Macbeth with the three male actors dressed as the female witches, though not quite in a way that Shakespeare would recognise. Finally, they act out the seven ages of man, from infancy to second childhood.The production is very fast moving and fun but also quite educational and a relatively painless introduction to some of Shakespeare’s themes and plays. The actors give good performances and are comfortable with Shakespearean language and rhythm. Worth seeing.

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Attention Shakespeare aficionados! Vibrant, edgy, gut-bustingly hilarious adaptation of the Bard's most excellent works performed by six actors from one of the top high school theatre programmes in the United States. Willy himself would be proud!

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