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Lost Musical Works of Willy Shakes (The Lost Works)

By | Published on Thursday 22 August 2019

William Shakespeare is concerned that his works will be forgotten, so the night before showing them all to James I he decides to put them to music. This premise demands brevity, which tightens the performance of this madcap collision of musical and Shakespearean theatre. Guy Hughes and Joe Leather delight in boiling down the oeuvre of the great bard to its core, then skewering it with pitch perfect music and dance. This shows off their musical abilities and knowledge of the source material, and is coupled with lashings of humour. My only complaint was that the opening song went on a bit but that’s more a quibble – an opinion clearly shared by the rest of the audience, as the night concluded with a protracted standing ovation.

Assembly Rooms, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Chris Lambert]