Robert Myles’ new project sees the talented actor gather together an incredible group of actors and experienced amateurs to run through the complete works of Shakespeare. Using the conferencing app Zoom, the group will take on the works in the order in which they were written, with each performance being made available for free on You Tube.
The actor had this to say about the project: “the Show Must Go Online utilises global casts, including professionals and amateurs, all of whom donate their time and talent freely to entertain, and make Shakespeare accessible at a time when theatre faces what feels like an existential crisis. We are here to surprise and delight. We hope you enjoy it.”
Myles is keen to dispel the notion that the Bard’s works are meant for a certain section of the population only. “Shakespeare is for everyone” he says. “He was writing to entertain, move and provoke society as a whole, from groundlings to monarchs. This universal appeal is right there in the language, the humour, the characters”.
The Show Must Go Online will begin in late March with The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew. Here is the full schedule of performances:
2 April: Henry VI, Part 1
9 April: Henry VI, Part 2
16 April: Henry VI, Part 3
23 April: Titus Andronicus
30 April: Richard III
7 May: The Comedy of Errors
13 May: Love’s Labour’s Lost
20 May: Love’s Labour’s Won
27 May: Richard II
3 June: Romeo and Juliet
10 June: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
17 June: King John
24 June: The Merchant of Venice
1 July: Henry IV, Part 1
8 July: The Merry Wives of Windsor
15 July: Henry IV, Part 2
22 July: Much Ado About Nothing
29 July: Henry V
5 August: Julius Caesar
12 August: As You Like It
19 August: Hamlet
26 August: Twelfth Night
2 September: Troilus and Cressida
9 September: Measure for Measure
16 September: Othello
23 September: King Lear
30 Spetember: Timon of Athens
7 October: Macbeth
14 October: Antony and Cleopatra
21 October: Coriolanus
28 November: The Winter’s Tale
4 November: Cymbeline
11 November: The Tempest
18 November: Henry VIII
Myles has also set up a Patreon page so that followers can help fund the initiative. The money raised will go towards a hardship fun for the actors in the performance. You can access the Show That Must Go Online’s Patreon page here.
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