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Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 January, 7.30pm
Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 January, 7.30pm
Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death Anglia Contemporary Theatre will present a series of 4 productions, based on the Bard’s works, including Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night and the premiere of a new musical by Rebecca Applin and Susannah Pearse, Shakespeare’s Shadows.

These performances will be assessed work by Anglia Ruskin University’s 2nd year Drama & Performing Arts students.

Tickets: £10.00 (£7.00 concessions, £5.00 Anglia Ruskin student/child).

Shakespeare’s Shadows
by Rebecca Applin and Susannah Pearse

21 & 23 January 2016

1642. England. The interregnum. Twenty-six years after Shakespeare’s death his legacy is already in jeopardy. Oliver Cromwell and his puritanical government have banned the theatre and shut all the playhouses. An unemployed company of actors (now officially known as ‘rogues’) angered and disempowered by the new status quo, decide to break into the Tower of London where one Edward Sexby has been locked up for inciting people to kill Oliver Cromwell with his inflammatory pamphlet Killing No Murder. Their plan is to help him carry out his objective, restore the crown and bring back the theatre. But after a night amongst the shadows of the Tower encountering the likes of Ariel, Puck, Prospero and the three witches, the rogues realise they don’t need a playhouse to do theatre and that imagination is the best magic of all.

Twelfth Night: Clown Laurie Maciver (centre) with Viola, Saeran Rowland (left) and Sir Andrew, Jason Alves

Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare

20 & 22 January 2016

Anglia Ruskin University drama students have teamed up with Cambridge-based Ellis and Connelly Band to stage a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s comedy masterpiece Twelfth Night at the Mumford Theatre. Gone are the traditional Elizabethan sonnets and in their place are songs by Status Quo, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. Featuring disguise, deception and a bizarre love triangle, Twelfth Night promises to be an hilarious antidote to the post-Christmas blues.

Director Pam Jenner said: ‘Our aim is to make Shakespeare accessible to everyone and to show that his work is relevant in the twenty-first century. Even if you have always hated Shakespeare I suspect you will enjoy this version and it is suitable for the whole family.’