Bard in the Yard

Bard in the Yard

In 2020, Bard in the Yard consisted of a selection of Shakespearian monologues. In 2021 it was half-hour versions of Macbeth and Twelfth Night. In 2022 it was a half-hour version of “Romeo and Juliet” plus half an hour of Shakespearian duologues. All were extremely well received and well attended. (and amazingly  DRY!) This year it will be a half-hour “Hamlet” directed by Dick Hebbert and a half-hour “A Midsummer Nights Dream” directed by Andrew Leggott.

HAMLET  Dick Hebbert writes:

“Theres something rotten in the state of Denmark…Hamlet seeks to avenge the murder of his father at the hands of his uncle, who, having killed Hamlets father has married Hamlets mother.  In this half hour version, one of Shakespeares most well-known plays theres a ghost, murder most foul, poison, plots, sword fights, a play-within-a-play, graveyards, a skull, two minor characters who later became stars in their own play and more quotable lines than youll find in the Oxford Book of English Verse.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM  Andrew Leggott writes:

Theres also a play-within-a-play in this, Shakespeares best-loved comedy, as an ill-assorted bunch of rowdy workers aspire to thespian heights, impeded by the King and Queen of the fairies and their followers, led by the mischievous sprite, Puck. Oh, and a certain asss head plays a part too. No lovers in this production, to leave more room for the shenanigans of the fairies and mechanicals!

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