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SHAKESPEARE UNBOUND a Gift to the Future 7 years 7 months ago #4965

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What would the world be without William Shakespeare?

And what would Shakespeare be without John Heminges? 18 plays lost forever?

A play which celebrates Heminges’s "Gift to the Future" will be touring the UK in the 2010 / 11 season

Current dates booked are Doncaster on October 8th 2010 and Stroud Gloucestershire 28 May 2011. Many more dates are in negotiation and will be put on line when confirmed.

This play is the result of extensive study and is a lively depiction of the theatre of the time. Far from a dry dissertation, “Gift to the Future” brings to life the known facts about William Shakespeare using an extremely human approach to the available research. In this way, the audience has a chance to discover more about the man himself, the conditions under which he was writing and his era.

Audiences in Edinburgh often said “thanks to this play and spending some time with John Heminges, I now feel that William Shakespeare was a real person.”

As a way of bringing Shakespeare alive to modern audiences, “Gift to the Future” uses an innovative tactic: projecting the audience itself into the past. At the beginning of the play, Heminges evokes the “ghosts of the future” to see if his mammoth task has been in vain. Discovering a group of people right in front of him who all know of his friend and his work - despite the hundreds of years that separate them - he excitedly recounts stories and anecdotes as one would to friends and acquaintances.

More information is available on the web site

Some comments on the production.

- A beautiful gift ! - 8/10
Some snatches of William Shakespeare's life and work extraordinarily adapted for the stage. lively narrative, leading smoothly the audience back to four centuries ago. A beautiful play !

- a true present! - 9/10
One remains captivated by the charm of this evocation of Shakespeare. The biographical anecdotes alternating with readings of some speeches (not necessarily the most expected ones) lead us to rediscover Shakespeare as in a conversation. Bravo for the subtlety and force of the acting, for the music of the language and for the generosity of Colin David Reese. Do not miss this rare gift !

- very good actor ! - 9/10
Very good play. The actor lives the character and the audience soon forgets that it's an actor and not John Heminges himself.
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