How does that sound to you? Is this a summary of a series from the genre “Daily Soap”? Drama, love story, with a little crime thriller. With the usual highly complex mixture of aberrations, confusions, evil intrigues and broken hearts, until everything goes well in the end. Claudio and Hero get married, as do Beatrice and Benedikt. And of course, the evil stepbrother Don Juan also gets his just punishment.
No, not a “daily soap”, but a turbulent, highly intricate comedy by William Shakespeare. This year’s Shakespeare Festival at the Globe Theatre in Neuss begins with “Much ado about nothing”, staged by Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre.
From mid-June to mid-July, Neuss will once again be dominated by William Shakespeare’s great theatrical art. With thirty-three performances and fifteen ensembles from France, Poland, Hungary, England and Germany, Shakespeare comes on stage in Neuss. And this stage itself is also something very special, namely the somewhat smaller replica of the famous Globe Theatre from 1599. Thus, Shakespeare almost becomes a short journey through time, which makes you feel how a visit to the theatre around 1600 might have been. The stage program is accompanied by workshops for pupils and teachers, a children’s Shakespeare Day and regular introductions, and Patrick Spottiswoode’s lecture “Shakespeare and the Globe”. Meanwhile also a classic of the annual festival.
You can enjoy some of the great classics. For example, “Romeo and Juliet” of course, staged by Theater Poetenpack, Potsdam. Or “The Taming of the Shrew”, staged by the Bremer Shakespeare Company, just like “King Lear”. The Rheinische Landestheater Neuss has a “Heimspiel” with “Was ihr wollt”. The comedy “Twelfth night” (What you will), by the way, will start this year with a second variation. Namely under the direction of Guy Retllack, with the English Bridge House Ensemble. If you want to know what “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” sounds like in Hungarian, you can have a look at “Richard III” in the production of the Maladype Theatre, Budapest.
And if you want to look at “Macbeth” as an absurd farce written by Eugène Ionesco, you are right in the Polish “Macbett” production of the Teatr Papahema. The Handlebards from London once again bring Shakespeare to the bicycle with two performances: “Much ado about nothing” with four men on wheels, and Shakespeare’s “Sturm” – for the first time this year – with four women.
In short, there is a lot of Shakespeare to experience. So, anything but “a lot of noise about nothing”, but rather really big theatre. Have fun!
Shakespeare Festival. Globe Theater Neuss. 14 June to 13 July 2019.