Shakespeare Revue to tour UK before West End run

logoThe hit Bard-inspired musical comedy show The Shakespeare Revue is hitting the road next month ahead of a West End run.

The latest event to mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary will open at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on Wednesday 3 August.

A mixture of sketches and songs, the show features the work of some of our biggest comedy icons all celebrating the life and work of the man whose creations live on four centuries after the writer’s death.

Originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the show features the comic writings of more than 40 writers including Alan Bennett, Noel Coward, Fry and Laurie, Cole Porter, Monty Python and Victoria Wood, alongside musical contributions from genre favourites including Stephen Sondheim and Stiles and Drewe.

The show premiered to critical and audience acclaim at the Barbican Theatre in 1994 before transferring to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre in 1995. Since then the show has played Off-Broadway and completed five major US tours.

The tour’s multi Olivier Award-winning producer Kenny Wax says: “In 1994 my producer friend Edward Snape asked me to book some dates for The Shakespeare Revue – a show that he was touring at the time. I fell in love with the performances, the sketches, the wonderful music and the sheer unadulterated fun that emanated from the stage. I’m delighted to be presenting the show with Cambridge Arts Theatre, this time with a fresh, updated new version.”

Devised by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee, who will also direct, the show will be choreographed by Jenny Arnold and Nicola Keen with musical direction by Oli Jackson.

Produced by Kenny Wax Ltd and Cambridge Arts Theatre, the cast currently includes: Alex Scott Fairley, Alex Morgan, Jordan Lee Davies, Anna Stolli, and Lizzie Bea. Further details are to be confirmed.

After playing Eastbourne from Wednesday 3 until Saturday 5 August the show will move on to Cambridge Arts Theatre (Tuesday 9-Saturday 20 August), Malvern Theatres (Tuesday 30 August-Saturday 3 September), Bath Theatre Royal (Monday 19-Saturday 24 September), Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (Wednesday 5-Saturday 8 October), Richmond Theatre (Monday 7-Saturday 12 November) and Brighton Theatre Royal (Monday 21-26 November).

Further dates and details of the West End run are to be announced.

Angela Thomas 


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