OFFICIAL STATEMENT FRO THE SHAKESPEARE LIVE TRUSTEES IN REGARDS TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AND OUR 2020 PROGRAMME

First and foremost, we do hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well at this difficult time.

With very great regret we have now had to accept that our production of The Winter’s Tale will not be able to go ahead this summer. Our hosts at Cleeve House have been forced to suspend all activity at the house for the foreseeable future. Although this is a bitter disappointment to us we are looking ahead with optimism and enthusiasm to the time when we can pick up where we left off. Our Winter’s Tale has a cast, a production team, costumes, even a bear… all of which will be ready to take to the stage with renewed vigour in 2021.

We are at the moment unsure about the prospects for our other projects, most notably our touring show which we would have hoped to take to Stratford upon Avon in August and to local theatres in late September. We have a little gem of a play planned and ready to go and we remain defiantly hopeful that we may at least be able to bring that to the stage in some form this year. Our latest message from the RSC suggests they still hope they may be able to run a programme at The Dell in the summer. Watch out for more news of that as soon as we are able to see the way ahead.

We very greatly value and appreciate all of you who join with us, whether by participating actively in staging our productions or as members of our audience. We wish every one of you well, and we extend our particular thanks and admiration to any of you who are working to keep our essential services going under huge pressure. We’ll keep you informed as our plans take shape and we look forward to welcoming you back on, behind or in front of the stage when we are able to raise the curtain on our activities again.

 

Shakespeare Live Trustees

Shakespeare in Isolation

July 2020

Summer 2020 has seen the postponement of Shakespeare Live's performance of A Winter's Tale due to Coronavirus - while we would normally be getting excited to start performing and welcoming our audience to Cleeve House, this does not mean that we have not been busy!

From Monday 06 July for two weeks, join us on our social media channels for ‘Shakespeare in Isolation’ – a digital celebration of the works of our Immortal Bard.

We will be releasing a video a day of some of our talented members performing their own interpretation of Shakespeare’s writings for your enjoyment, including extracts from As You Like It, Othello, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona (among others), and a selection of his sonnets.

 

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Directed by Gill Morrell

Cleeve House, Trowbridge Road, Seend, SN12 6PG

T H E  W I N T E R ' S  T A L E

Postponed until 2020

This is a play of two halves - a heart-rending study of marital jealousy  ending in apparent tragedy and realisation of guilt, and the light-hearted, romantic  Bohemia where young love is fulfilled . So, typically for one of the late 'problem' plays, it appeals both to lovers of serious, thoughtful Shakespearian tragedy, and to those who enjoy laughter, love and fun. 

 

Starting in a formal garden in winter in late !8th century Sicily, and moving to mid-European summer fifteen years later, a fairy-tale happy ending and redemption are almost miraculously contrived amid an explosion of joyful sound and colour.