The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0968 Monday, 8 April 2002
Date: Friday, 5 Apr 2002 18:32:58 +0100
Subject: Bard's Bash
Please don't worry - I won't be reading . . .
Question: What is celebrated with pride in Scotland, Wales and Ireland,
and yet is largely ignored in England? Answer: a National Day.
For Wales it is St. David and for Ireland it's St. Patrick, while
Scotland chooses to celebrate Burns Night in preference to St. Andrew's
Day. St. George's Day (for England) falls on 23rd April which is also
the birthday of England's greatest playwright William Shakespeare, yet
throughout the land there appears to be a marked indifference to this
fact. St. George, of course, is a mere legend, but the Bard surely
deserves to have a national day in his honour.
In their quest to put a Shakespeare Day into the British calendar, a
group of established actors and singers will come together on Sunday
21st April at the Actors' Church in Covent Garden, to celebrate in words
and music, The Bard's Bash! This year's performance is entitled
Shakespeare On Love.
The cast of seven in The New Shakespeare Players will be directed by
former Emmerdale [soap] star Jean Rogers, who has also compiled the
texts. The music for this performance will be provided by The New
Friends' Music madrigal singers, who perform Shakespearean songs by
composers spanning four centuries. For the actors and the singers, this
will be their second Shakespeare celebration at the Actors' Church. They
hope that it will mark the beginning of an annual Shakespeare Festival.
Date & Time: Sunday 21 April 7pm Place: Actors' Church, Covent Garden,
London WC2 Tickets: