Forced Entertainment

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare

Great Britain

Forced Entertainment make theatre without doing all the things that are often so annoying about theatre. They don’t put on an act, they literally make theatre. And they’re fun. Their unique style has inspired an entire generation of European theatre companies. Their combination of British humour, an implicit sense of entertainment and a wonderfully laconic delivery results in an immediacy on stage that is beyond compare. They were pioneers of international theatre, have recently won the Ibsen Prize and continue to be one of today’s most exciting international companies. Forced Entertainment, one of the Theater Spektakel’s first guests, return to Zurich this year, but in a very special context: over ten days, they will present two very intimate projects in their House of Forced Entertainment. In the «Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare», these masters of storytelling will relate all 36 of Shakespeare’s dramas in eight days. All they need for each drama is a table, an actor, 50 minutes and a bunch of props. Apart from «normal» shows, the company is also known for their «durational performances». They design a simple set of rules, which they subject over a number of hours to variations that charm and fascinate. In «Quizoola!», for example, the starting material is an endless list of questions of an intimate, philosophical, political or situational nature. The answers are improvised. This is not only amusing but also poses the age-old theatrical question: «Do you believe what I am telling you?» Rarely has theatre been so simple and at the same time so touching. (mvh)

Artistic direction and cast

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare / Idee & Realisation Forced Entertainment
Schauspiel Robin Arthur, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden und Terry O’Connor
Regie Tim Etchells
Text Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor
Bühne Richard Lowdon
Licht­ & Tondesign Jim Harrison 

Production

Produktion Forced Entertainment 
Koproduktion Berliner Festspiele – Foreign Affairs Festival, Berlin, Theaterfestival Basel 
Premiere 2015 
Foto Hugo Glendinning

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Duration

approx. 50 mins each

Language

English

Post-Performance Talk

Table Top Casting, WED 22. August, 19.00

An inclusive event

accessible with wheelchair with inductive hearing loop

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Shows

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  • Th 16.08. 17:00 - 17:50
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Th 16.08. 18:00 - 18:50
    King John
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  • Th 16.08. 21:00 - 21:50
    Richard II
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Th 16.08. 22:00 - 22:50
    As You Like It
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Fr 17.08. 17:00 - 17:50
    Henry IV (part 1)
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Fr 17.08. 18:00 - 18:50
    Antony and Cleopatra
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Fr 17.08. 21:00 - 21:50
    Comedy of Errors
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Fr 17.08. 22:00 - 22:50
    Macbeth
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Sa 18.08. 14:00 - 14:50
    Henry IV (part 2)
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Sa 18.08. 15:00 - 15:50
    Merry Wives of Windsor
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Sa 18.08. 17:00 - 17:50
    Much Ado About Nothing
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Sa 18.08. 18:00 - 18:50
    The Winter’s Tale
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Sa 18.08. 21:00 - 21:50
    Two Gentlemen of Verona
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Sa 18.08. 22:00 - 22:50
    Romeo and Juliet
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Su 19.08. 14:00 - 14:50
    Henry V
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Su 19.08. 15:00 - 15:50
    Cymbeline
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Su 19.08. 17:00 - 17:50
    Julius Caesar
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Su 19.08. 18:00 - 18:50
    Pericles
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Su 19.08. 21:00 - 21:50
    Coriolanus
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Su 19.08. 22:00 - 22:50
    Hamlet
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Tu 21.08. 17:00 - 17:50
    Henry VI (part 1)
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Tu 21.08. 18:00 - 18:50
    Love’s Labour’s Lost
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Tu 21.08. 21:00 - 21:50
    All’s Well That Ends Well
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Tu 21.08. 22:00 - 22:50
    Twelfth Night
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • We 22.08. 17:00 - 17:50
    Henry VI (part 2)
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • We 22.08. 18:00 - 18:50
    Taming of the Shrew
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • We 22.08. 21:00 - 21:50
    Troilus and Cressida
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • We 22.08. 22:00 - 22:50
    King Lear
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Th 23.08. 17:00 - 17:50
    Henry VI (part 3)
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Th 23.08. 18:00 - 18:50
    Titus Andronicus
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Th 23.08. 21:00 - 21:50
    Othello
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Th 23.08. 22:00 - 22:50
    The Merchant of Venice
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Fr 24.08. 17:00 - 17:50
    Richard III
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Fr 24.08. 18:00 - 18:50
    Timon of Athens
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Fr 24.08. 21:00 - 21:50
    Measure for Measure
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Fr 24.08. 22:00 - 22:50
    The Tempest
    CHF 25.–/15.– 

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