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Three To see on 11 Jan: The Tempest, Just An Ordinary Lawyer, Here Lies Shakespeare

By | Published on Wednesday 4 January 2017

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

The Tempest | The Cockpit | 10-15 Jan
A classic, but possibly not as you know it. One of Shakespeare’s finest, of course, performed using ‘cue script’ preparation in the style of the Bard’s own actors, in an approach described by the show’s creators as “seat-of-the-pants”: the cast take to the stage armed only with knowledge only of their own lines and the lines immediately preceding them. Interesting, no? See the venue website here.

Just An Ordinary Lawyer | Theatro Technis | 11-28 Jan (pictured)
“He is Britain’s first Black judge, a fine singer and keen cricket lover. Finding himself stranded in the Heart of Empire, Nigerian Tunji Sowande muses on Black liberation struggles worldwide. He insists he is no political aficionado, but is content to contribute through his music and songs.” Expect another brilliant piece from the excellent Tayo Aluko, who you’ll remember from ‘Call Mr Robeson’. More info here.

Here Lies Shakespeare | Jacksons Lane | 11-15 Jan
This is a comic tragedy, exploring themes surrounding the did-he-didn’t-he Shakespeare authorship debate, “freely adapted” from Mark Twain’s ‘Is Shakespeare Dead?’, and performed by France-based puppetry troupe Les Antliaclastes. It’s part of the London International Mime Festival so see their website here for other amazing-sounding shows as well as the Jacksons Lane page here regarding this particular show.