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Circa Play Readings - Shakespeare's Will


Sat 11 Jun 2016, 2:00pm

Where: Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Circa Theatre

Shakespeare’s Will
Written by Vern Thiessen

2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and, alongside King Lear, we are delighted to present this solo piece from Canadian playwright, Vern Thiessen, in which Anne Hathaway presents her side of the story. It is a remarkable creative imagining, and Anne has much to say.

NB: According to Peter Ackroyd, the reference to Anne getting the second best bed isn’t as insulting as it reads. As his wife, Anne would automatically be entitled to 1/3 of his estate, although some like Germaine Greer have disputed this. However, “The ‘best’ bed in the household was that characteristically used by guests. The ‘second best bed’ was that reserved for the marital couple and, as such, is best seen as a testimony to their union” (Ackroyd, Shakespeare the Biography, p483-4)

Circa Play Readings

As part of the 2016 Circa Season we will be presenting a number of Play Readings throughout the year. In our 40th birthday year we are delighted to celebrate the 100+ New Zealand playwrights whose work has captivated our audiences over the years.

A Play Reading will include actors on stage reading the play in full, directed and rehearsed in advance of the public reading.

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