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Bard in Sunderland

Summer of Shakespeare sees two of Shakespeare’s finest, ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Julies Caesar’, remixed to reflect local concerns. Catch them both at locations across Wearside this July and August.

First up is ‘As You Like It (Lindisfarne, AD 793)’ (pictured), which has been given a modern verse translation by David Ivers. It features a faithful group of Anglo-Saxons who take refuge in Arden Forest as a barbaric new Viking regime begins to take root in Northumberland. Meanwhile, Rosalind is banished by new ruler Frederick, while Orlando, on hearing of a plot to kill him, also flees to the trees. Cue laughter, love and confusion as the forest bursts into life. This production plays St. Peter’s Church (19-21 July), Jarrow Hall (23 July) and Palace Green outside Durham Cathedral (24-26 July). ‘Julius Caesar (Monkwearmouth Colliery, 1984)’ meanwhile shifts the action to a workforce striking for victory. This modern verse translation by Shishir Kurup harks back to the seismic Miners’ Strike of 40 years go. You can see this show at Seventeen Nineteen in Sunderland (15-18 August). The shows have been put together by the award-winning Theatre Space and full ticket details etc can be gleaned from their website. GM

Summer of Shakespeare: Theatre Space. Seek: theatrespace.org.uk/shows

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