If Shakespeare were living and working today, who would he be? Tom Stoppard? Or Quentin Tarantino? Keith Richards or Russell Brand? A genius, an outsider, or just plain ‘Bill’?
In Shakespeare Tonight The Bard is very much alive and kicking. Hamlet has just opened (to ‘mixed’ reviews!) and William is giving his first ever TV interview. Finally, we have the chance to ask the questions that have kept us all guessing: Are these plays really his? What’s his true relationship with Anne? Why, after years of comedies and romances, has he suddenly turned to tragedy?
Watch Martina battle for control as these two heavyweights slug it out live in the TV studio, each round punctuated with songs from Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits.
To Be or Not To Be…? The answer’s not on Google!
Shakespeare Tonight opened to rave reviews as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2015. After a record run it now comes ‘Home’ to the UK.
Paul Wilson, Writer/Producer
Paul has been studying and researching Shakespeare for many years, often with his father (Shakespeare and the Common Man, GP Wilson, Millrace). Paul made his name in the UK with his travel books on The Silk Road (The Silk Roads, Trailblazer; Global Suitcase, New Holland). Since moving to Sydney he has had his first novel published, The Alphabet Game (Hertfordshire Press), a black comedy. Visit his author’s page
Tim Ferguson is a comedian & screenwriter. He wrote the bestselling comedy screenwriting manual: The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy (Currency Press). His memoir ‘Carry A Big Stick’ (Hachette) explores his life as a comedian with MS. Tim has co-written various sitcoms and the comedy-romance movie ‘Spin Out’ (Sony Pictures Releasing – on screens 2016). He has toured internationally with comedy trio the Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS) since 1984.
Dave Sears, Stage/Music/Technical Manager
David is an award-winning director, poet, playwright, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Highly influenced by Artaud and Ionesco, Parry has directed and produced innumerable productions in the UK over the past thirty years. He introduced ‘Elchin Theatre’ to Europe, is an Edinburgh regular and frequently wrestles with The Bard, most notably in Shakespeare: A Comedy in Ten Scenes.
Alan Cox, Creative/Assistant Producer
Alan is an accomplished radio broadcaster and producer, hosting four shows a week over a number of platforms. He is also assistant producer on Indian.English, a major Hollywood film set for worldwide release in 2017.
Dave Sears, Stage/Music/Technical Manager
Dave has worked in performance arts for nearly two decades. He has been a touring musician, writer and tech for Sony Music, as well as an events organiser, sound technician and stage manager for music festivals. Dave has also curated several stages at Croydon’s Ambition Festival. In 2012 he founded Airballoon Productions.
Shaun Dicks – Production Assistant
Having trained at the Jill Clewes Academy for Theatre Arts, Shaun is a Working Class Actor in his 1st professional year. He strives for nothing but the best, and produces top quality work in everything he does. Shaun also trained for 3 years in Musical Theatre as part of his quest to become an all-round performer.
The show is dedicated to John Pinder. Back in the 80s, JP was the founder of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and led the ‘Aussie Invasion’ of the Edinburgh Fringe in the 90s. John was in on Shakespeare Tonight from the beginning, lending encouragement, wisdom and, most importantly, comedy. We miss him.
Peter Revel-Walsh as William Shakespeare
Garry is a lead actor in both the UK and the US. Roles include Astrov (Uncle Vanya), Molino (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Yuri Gagarin (The Motherland Hears). Stage includes: The Government Inspector, The Seagull and most recently Invitation to a Beheading! In his commercial work, Garry serves as an ambassador for several global companies, including Sony.
Priscilla has performed in several hit productions (Dante’s Inferno, Citizens of Hell, Hamlet). This Shoreditch-born 29 year old made history in 2014, becoming the first actress to perform live inside the House of Lords (Day In The Light). She most recently played the voluptuous, food-obsessed Drag Queen Priscilla, Queen of Deszerts. Priscilla is also a voice model.
Paul is a member of The New Avalonians performing arts group. He is also a singer/song writer (Sony, Sanctuary, Bam Bam Music), who has toured the UK, Europe and the USA, performing with Alice in Chains, The Goo Goo Dolls & The Black Crows. Paul’s podcasts are legendary.
Francesca is an actress, classically trained singer and writer. Her most recent roles include ‘Claudia’ in Hitchcock Homage, and Humans (Channel Four). She is also a regular soloist, performing most notably with The RAF Presidents Band. Francesca is the author of R(ex)ception and the new short play Time To Fly Solo?
Kaara has been acting for many years, and attended the improvisation-based drama classes at the Anna Scher Theatre. She has appeared in several productions for stage and screen, including Dante The Inferno, Crocodile Snap (BAFTA nominated ‘Best Short Film’), and Champion Of The World (Film Four).