In October 2019 we launched the Shakespeare’s Rivals project with two public performances.
At the heart of this programme we staged extended sequences from a trio of plays from the 1610s and 1620s – The Devil’s Law-Case by John Webster; The Witch of Edmonton, by John Ford, Thomas Dekker, and William Rowley; and The Roman Actor by Philip Massinger.
All three are scripts we greatly admire; but we selected them for this first experiment because of the radical stylistic contrasts which separate them.
One of the performances was filmed, and this film will in due course be made available here, accompanied by observations from the directors on their experience of rehearsing these brilliant works in parallel in this way.
Two Gentlemen of Verona – William Shakespeare
Troilus and Cressida – William Shakespeare
The Witch of Edmonton – John Ford, Thomas Dekker and William Rowley
The Roman Actor – Philip Massinger
Cullum Ball, Alfie Howle, Tobi Sidiku
The Devil’s Law-Case – John Webster
Michael Cordner and Ollie Jones
Rob del Pino and Katherine Graham
Costume and Wardrobe
Lighting & Sound Operator
Lighting and Sound Assistant
Simon van der Borgh, Matt Brannan, Paul Ryan, and team
Thanks to: Derrick Attridge, Frav, Bryony Jones, Mariana Lopez, Claudia Nader Jaime, Mads Quinn, Felicity Riddy, Leanne Roberts, Richard Rowland, Mitch Siddons, Mark Smith, Roxanne Spence