Ryan Gladstone and Tara Travis arm wrestle over the pen in The Shakespeare Show at the Cultural Centre on Nov. 29.

The Shakespeare Show offers wildly funny spoof

The Shakespeare Show, is Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Centre. It explores the idea that someone else wrote the Bard's plays.

How did an illiterate son of a Glover become the greatest playwright in the World? He got someone else to write the plays!

Presented by The Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and based on the biggest theatrical debate of all time, The Shakespeare Show takes to the main stage to explore this theory. Written almost entirely in Iambic Pentameter, the story follows Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford as he meets the ghost of Christopher Marlowe, the three Witches from Mac…The Scottish play, Anne Hathaway, the bubonic plague and Queen Elizabeth herself! The Shakespeare

Show is a relentlessly clever, action-packed and intellectually satisfying adventure complete with puppets, songs, satire and sword-fights.

Here’s what CBC Winnipeg had to say about it: “This play is so damn clever, even if you don’t know any Shakespeare you’ll still understand it. If you have a love for language, physical comedy and intelligent wit, then The Shakespeare Show is for you.”

Written by Monster Theatre’s artistic director Ryan Gladstone, who also stars in the piece, The Shakespeare Show is yet another hysterical Monster Theatre adventure. Playing numerous characters and with clever rhyming couplets, Ryan Gladstone and Tara Travis’s skillful comedy combines Elizabethan and modern references to reveal the mystery behind who really wrote those famous plays. The perfect mix of comedy, history and poetic license from a group dedicated to bringing shared culture to the modern audience, this play is packed with hundreds of direct Shakespeare quotes, perfect for both Shakespeare lovers and people who have never seen a Shakespeare play.

In the witty, crafty Shakespeare Show’s imaginary world, Mr. Shakespeare (Gladstone) is an Elizabethan parking attendant who holds the steeds of the wealthy as they attend the theatre. The dapper Earl of Oxford (Tara Travis) has time on his hands and poetry in his heart, but high society frowns on theatre so he needs a dupe to present his plays. Just like one of his tragic heroes, Oxford sets his own tragedy in motion by using young Will Shakespeare, the boy who holds the horses outside the theatre, as a ‘Front’ for his playwriting ventures.

Through hilarious, irreverent comedy, the theory that the plays of William Shakespeare were actually penned by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford are explored in this hysterical show full of physical comedy and Shakespearian spoofs.

The Shakespeare Show, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Centre,

Tickets The Centre Box Office for tickets: 604-391-SHOW(7469).


Just Posted

GW Graham basketball star signs on with Trinity Western Spartans

Grizzly grad Jaya Bannerman is opting to stay close to home after graduating in June.

Auditors couldn’t tell if Fraser Health executives bought booze on taxpayers’ dime

Review from 2014 says one administrator bought Bose headphones on company credit card

WATCH: Giant Flowers artwork going up at Evans roundabout in Chilliwack

The artwork installation Tuesday was causing very little traffic disruption for Chilliwack drivers

Nature festival, musical science and more for spring break fun

Chilliwack’s libraries, ice rinks and favourite family spots offer up plenty to do

Experts detect risk of rock avalanche above Bridal Falls near Chilliwack

Risk in the one-in-10,000-year is minimal but triggers FVRD to direct growth elsewhere

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Langley City hits up province for share of pot revenue

The province says it understands municipalities will face extra costs when marijuana is legalized.

B.C. climber remembered for gentle spirit, love of mountains

Marc-André Leclerc had been hearing the call of the mountains since childhood

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

New anti-radicalization centre in the works for B.C.

Centre aims to help ‘vulnerable individuals of the path to radicalization’ before they turn to crime

B.C. bravery, public service honoured by Governor General Julie Payette

UVic basketball coach Kathryn Shields inducted into Order of Canada

Sea lion with rope wrapped around neck saved by Vancouver Aquarium

Steller sea lions are a species of special concern and some populations are endangered in parts of Alaska

Most Read