TWO powerful and hard-hitting Shakespeare pieces open the new season at the Oxford Playhouse’s Burton Taylor studio
TWO powerful and hard-hitting Shakespeare pieces open the new season at the Oxford Playhouse’s Burton Taylor studio theatre, which runs from Tuesday (June 28) to Saturday, July 2.
First up, Burton Taylor favourites Magdalen College School Drama return with a brand new take on King John.
Perhaps one of the lesser known of Shakespeare’s plays, this historical drama plunges headfirst among the fighting royals, exploring themes of legitimate rule, rebellion and right and wrong in an entirely new and modern setting.
Simultaneously comedic and tragic, this is a fast-paced and riotous way to commemorate not only the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, but also the 800th anniversary of King John’s death too.
From one Shakespeare to another, Burton Taylor veteran Gerard Logan returns with his highly acclaimed performance of Shakespeare’s breathtaking narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece on Friday, July 1.
Roman leader Tarquin lusts after Lucrece, the beautiful wife of his friend Collatine. But will he risk losing his position and honour by allowing his emotions to take hold and enact his fantasies?
Logan won The Stage’s award for best solo performer for The Rape of Lucrece at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe.
Then on Saturday, July 2, comes The Girl and the Giraffe — combining charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling in a tale of love and companionship.
One day, whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar over the fence. Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she comes face to face with... Giraffe!
As their friendship grows, Girl discovers that Giraffe isn’t very well. She tries everything to make him feel better: putting on bandages, making tea, and baking a cake. However, Girl soon realises that Giraffe doesn’t need a plaster: sometimes we need a different kind of plaster for the things you can’t always see.
Tickets for any of the performances at the Burton Taylor Studio are available from the Oxford Playhouse box office on 01865 305305 or www.oxfordplayhouse.com