“An alliance between formal experiment and rich content.” Michael Billington

Shakespeare à la Carte

Devised by Jonathan Cullen & Richard Hahlo

Originally played Pizza Express Brighton, May 2008
Commissioned by Brighton Festival
Winner of Argus Angel Award

Shakespeare à la Carte was delicious... a clever gem of a production” - Miriam O’Reilly, Pick of the Week Radio 4

Shakespeare à la Carte takes both the familiar and the unfamiliar speeches of Shakespeare and plays them out with and amongst audiences sat in a restaurant while they enjoy their coffee and croissants, or an evening meal and wine. The audience are in amongst the action and become part of Henry V’s army, the players in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and secret onlookers as lovers declare their vows from Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare a la Carte

I loved the show …an amazing evening of laughter, emotion and invention. Fantastic to see such talented work so up close. A wonderful event.” Audience member 2011

The show was originally performed by Jonathan Cullen, Fiona Dunn, Richard Hahlo and the waiters and manager at Pizza Express in Brighton. Shakespeare à la Carte has since been adapted for radio, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009 and 2010 and 2013. It continues to tour and has played at Canterbury Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Theatre Festival Horsens Denmark, Ipswich Pulse Festival, Octoberfeast Lewes, and Maidenhead.

Shakespeare à la Carte was supported by Brighton Festival.

Shakespeare à la Carte is available for touring and can play a variety of settings and events.
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