On Wednesday, April 22, on the eve of what is recognised as William Shakespeare’s birthday, local theatre group Stray Dogs will premiere Carl Caulfield’s new play Where Late the Songbird at the Civic Playhouse.
Directed by Carl Caulfield and Felicity Biggins, Where Late the Songbird is the latest play from Newcastle’s award-winning playwright, Carl Caulfield. This premiere is from the team that brought you The Anatomy of Buzz and Shakespeare’s Fools and promises to be a magical, musical, mirthful and moving night of theatre.
It’s 1613 and William Shakespeare has retired from the London stage and returned to the family mansion in Stratford, hoping for a quiet, pleasant life as a gentleman. But all is not well at home: his wife Anne is distant and his two adult daughters troubled – Susanna still bruised from being falsely accused of adultery and Judith hostile at her father’s long absences. How will he reconcile the gulf? None of the women in his life seem overly impressed by his status as England’s greatest living playwright and nor do the parochial citizens of Stratford, who are deeply anxious about the future of their farms and see Shakespeare, a believer in the enclosures, as the enemy. On top of all this, Shakespeare is under pressure from his London players to write a new comedy, a stage version of Don Quixote. But his health is rapidly declining and The Fool keeps appearing in his fevered sleep, reminding him of his mortality and the urgent need to sort his life out.
The show hits the stage at the Civic Theatre’s playhouse from April 22nd to May 2nd at 8pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and with 2pm Saturday matinees.
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