LORD MAYOR PLAYS ROMEO TO OUR JULIET AT BRISTOL SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL LAUNCH
By EmmaHBristol | Thursday, June 28, 2012, 17:02
The Lord Mayor, without "much ado", officially launched the Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2012 amid sonnets, Juliet's lamentations and a hefty amount of Shakespeare bitter in a bawdy and bardy festival launch at The Shakespeare Tavern last week.
With the support of both new and old friends, Emma Henry, Artistic Director, announced that the city will host some of the country's most exciting theatre companies for 2012 including the world-renowned Lord Chamberlain's Men. Audiences can see Macbeth on a bowling green, Henry V at Bristol Zoo or Much Ado About Nothing in the stunning gardens of Ashton Court.
Emma Henry said: "In an important year for the UK, with the Olympics taking place and the World Shakespeare Festival going on across the country, we wanted to be more ambitious than ever before. We wanted to bring local audiences a flavour of what is going on nationally through hosting quality touring theatre and by engaging with new audiences through our education and outreach projects."
The Lord Mayor said, "The volunteers who run the Festival are to be applauded in their efforts to bring Shakespeare's works into the community in a variety of different venues performed by a variety of different groups. I wish the Festival every success in reaching out and engaging with new audiences, as well as with those who are well acquainted with Shakespeare's well loved productions."
In a hint of what is to come this July, The Bristol Shakespeare Festival has officially kicked off and will proceed with an Olympian programme for South West audiences young and old. The Festival will be invading gardens, squares, pubs and zoos all over the city to with a month of Shakespeare-inspired events and productions bringing Shakespeare's timeless stories to life.
For the first time this year, The Bristol Shakespeare Festival will also be running a range of events designed to take Shakespeare 'out of the box' and challenge audiences, partnering with Colston Hall, Watershed and We Are: Proud – Bristol's Gay Pride 2012. "The Complete Reworks of Shakespeare" is free and will take place on 7 July at Colston Hall. This is a chance to see Shakespeare presented in a way never seen before through dance, robotics, photography, mixed media and experimental theatre.
To find out more about The Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2012 programme and to book tickets please visit www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk or contact Emma Henry, Artistic Director 2012.