July 13, 2016  //  By:   //  News  //  Comments are off

Shakespeare RevueThe Shakespeare Revue, a comic concoction of hilarious sketches and show-stopping numbers written by comedy icons Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Maureen Lipman, Monty Python, Noël Coward, Cole Porter, Fry & Laurie and musical theatre favourites, Stephen Sondheim, Stiles & Drewe and many more, returns to the stage with a UK tour as part of the nationwide celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The production opens at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on Wednesday 3 August 2016 and tours to a further six venues until 26th November 2016, prior to West End. Further dates to be announced.

With contributions from over forty writers, this joyous words-and-music celebration gathers together some of the finest comic material inspired by William Shakespeare. Originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Shakespeare Revue first premiered at the Barbican Theatre in 1994 where it received raptuous critical and public acclaim prompting a West End transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre in 1995. Since then the show has played off-Broadway and has completed five major tours of the USA.

Multiple 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 (Director of the 2016 Best New Comedy Award winner Nell Gwynn starring Gemma Arterton) and Malcolm McKee, The Shakespeare Revue is directed by Malcolm McKee with choreography by Jenny Arnold and Nicola Keen and musical direction by Oli Jackson. Cast to include*: Alex Scott Fairley, Alex Morgan, Jordan Lee Davies, Anna Stolli, Lizzie Bea.

The UK tour is produced by Kenny Wax Ltd and Cambridge Arts Theatre.


The Shakespeare Revue: UK Tour 2016

EASTBOURNE Devonshire Park Theatre
Wed 3 – Sat 5 Aug
Eves: Wed, Thu, Sat 7.45pm, Mats: Wed & Sat 2.30pm (No Friday performance)
Box Office 01323 412 000
Compton St, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4BW

CAMBRIDGE Arts Theatre
Tue 9 – Sat 20 Aug
Eves: Tue-Sat 7.45pm, Mats: Thu 11th & 17th 2.30pm (No Sunday performance)
Box Office 01223 503333
6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

MALVERN Theatres
Tue 30 Aug – Sat 3 Sep
Eves: Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Mats: Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Box Office 01684 892277
Grange Road, Malvern, Worcs WR14 3HB

BATH Theatre Royal
Mon 19 – Sat 24 Sep
Eves: Mon – Wed 7.30pm, Thu – Sat 8pm, Mats: Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Box Office 01225 448844
Sawclose, Bath BA1 1 ET

GUILDFORD Yvonne Arnaud Theatre [on sale from 25 July]
Wed 5 – Sat 8 Oct
Eves: Wed – Thu 7.45pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Mats: Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Box Office 01483 440000
Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

Mon 7 – Sat 12 Nov
Eves: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Mats: Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7651
The Green, Richmond

BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
Mon 21 – Sat 26 Nov
Eves: Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Mats: Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7650
New Road, Brighton BN1 1SD