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Online Reading Performances 2020

“Rainbow Shakespeare 2020 – Live Online!”

 

Romeo & Juliet Friday 17th July at 7.30 pm

Much Ado About Nothing Saturday 18th July at 7.30 pm

Macbeth Friday 24th July at 7.30 pm

As You Like It Saturday 25th July at 7.30 pm

As you’d expect, we’ve postponed until next year Rainbow Shakespeare’s Highdown Gardens performances of The Tempest and The Merry Wives of Windsor. 😢 We’d got it pretty well cast, the Portoloos on standby, the designs underway and lots of help from The Highdown, when everything ground to a halt.

Instead, nothing dismayed, we’re countering Covid-19 by inviting you, if you were keen, to join Rainbow Shakespeare and join Rainbow actors in becoming a Rainbow player. Or just come and join us online via our Youtube link and celebrate the play(s) with us. 😀

How? You can choose to take part in readings of four Shakespeare plays we’ll be live streaming in July to a YouTube channel – or you can simply watch and enjoy with everyone else the Bardic wordplay and fun. And there’ll be a different play each of the four nights – double the normal season!

If you do take part in this exciting offer you’ll be joining Rainbow Shakespeare company professionals in creating novel ‘light-touch’ performances that will help raise funds for Rainbow’s 2021 Highdown season – through our GoFundMe page http://gf.me/u/x8ff4v where we hope fans of live Shakespeare will donate and continue to support Rainbow.

How will ‘Rainbow Shakespeare Online’ work?

  • Four plays will be performance-read, with a different one on each of Rainbow’s Highdown 2020 Friday and Saturday nights.
  • ‘Curtain up’ is 7.30 pm. There’ll be interval interviews with Rainbow cast members and Nick Young. We hope you’ll treat it like a normal visit to Rainbow (is there such a thing?) and ‘bring’ a picnic into your front room!
  • If you’d like to be a reader, please email your full name by Friday 3rd July or ASAP to rainbowshakespeareonline@gmail.com and await details

OR CLICK ON
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLgjjukkKz3CuzWv9PXFLYg?view_as=subscriber
to watch the YouTube live-streaming at 7.30 pm!

This is going to be fascinating, fun, and something Rainbow have never done before. It will keep alive the spirit of Rainbow Shakespeare for another year. We hope you will join us either as a participant or as audience and be a part of the Rainbow Shakespeare community for 2020!

See you online!

Best wishes

Nick Young
Artistic Director

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Rainbow Theatre Shakespeare 2019

Twelfth Night  July 16 – 21

Othello   July 23  – 28

Rainbow Theatre Shakespeare 2018!

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 Taming of the Shrew

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

 

The idea behind Rainbow Shakespeare is to provide high-quality, accessible professional productions that all the family could enjoy, and we are rapidly building a reputation for producing high quality theatre for family audiences.

Shakespeare done properly isn’t “difficult” or hard to understand. He just tells a good story – fights, murder, love … what more could any audience or an actor want! Shakespeare does not need gimmicks or weird interpretations to make the plays accessible to modern audiences.

The plays speak for themselves – given actors who understand and enjoy playing them. Rainbow actors are used to working together in an ensemble. We want to make every audience feel we are playing to them – uniquely.

No two performances are the same. That is where live-theatre can win hands down over film or television.

Past Productions

Julius Caesar
As You Like It
Romeo & Juliet
Merry Wives of Windsor
The Tempest
The Comedy of Errors
Macbeth
Twelfth Night
Henry V
Love’s Labour’s Lost
The Merchant of Venice
The Taming of the Shrew
The Winter’s Tale
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Anthony & Cleopatra 2006
Much ado about Nothing
Hamlet
As you Like it
Romeo & Juliet
Twelfth Night on the Beach 1998
Troilus and Cressida
Much Ado About Nothing

Hamlet Duel Scene with Laertes and Hamlet

Hamlet
Duel Scene with Laertes and Hamlet

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA. 2006 Cleopatra

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA. 2006
Cleopatra

hamlet oph watching play

Hamlet 2005 Ross Muir as the Prince

Hamlet 2005
Ross Muir as the Prince

Hamlet 2005 The Ghost of Old Hamlet

Hamlet 2005
The Ghost of Old Hamlet

As You Like It 2004 Audrey and Touchstone

Twelfth Night
Maria and St Andrew

As You Like It 2004 Audrey and Touchstone

As You Like It 2004
Audrey and Touchstone

HISTORY OF RAINBOW SHAKESPEARE

 

A May sunny evening – Director and partner wandering along beach with dog. “What can we do for family audiences?” “How about Shakespeare on the beach?” Comedy or tragedy, done properly we can inspire young and old alike.

Great discoveries! Every time I had seen Love’s Labours Lost I had been bored rigid. But our 2009 productions was such fun to do, we wanted to convey our joy to the audience.

Taming of the Shrew 2008

Taming of the Shrew 2008

Love's Labours Lost 2009

Love’s Labours Lost 2009

Love's Labours Lost 2009

Love’s Labours Lost 2009

Love's Labours Lost 2009

Love’s Labours Lost 2009

Merchant of Venice 2008 Bassanio and Portia

Merchant of Venice 2008
Bassanio and Portia

 

As You Like It 2004 Audrey and Touchstone

Twelfth Night
Maria and St Andrew

As You Like It 2004 Audrey and Touchstone

As You Like It 2004
Audrey and Touchstone

HISTORY OF RAINBOW SHAKESPEARE

 

A May sunny evening – Director and partner wandering along beach with dog. “What can we do for family audiences?” “How about Shakespeare on the beach?” Comedy or tragedy, done properly we can inspire young and old alike.

Great discoveries! Every time I had seen Love’s Labours Lost I had been bored rigid. But our 2009 productions was such fun to do, we wanted to convey our joy to the audience.

It is strange to repeat productions and discover a whole new set of insights and meanings. Twelfth Night brought the realisation that all the characters in the final scene think they are going mad – or that everyone else is going mad!

Taming of the Shrew 2008

Taming of the Shrew 2008

HENRY V 2009

HENRY V 2009

HENRY V. 2009

HENRY V. 2009

Love's Labours Lost 2009

Love’s Labours Lost 2009

Love's Labours Lost 2009

Love’s Labours Lost 2009

Love's Labours Lost 2009

Love’s Labours Lost 2009

Merchant of Venice 2008 Bassanio and Portia

Merchant of Venice 2008
Bassanio and Portia