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'Unique' Shakespeare

By Rob Last edited 149 months ago
'Unique' Shakespeare

It's one of those stories that, if the Daily Mail ever get wind of, we'll never hear the end of it.

A Greenwich-based theatre company are currently staging Shakespeare classics in their own "unique" way.

That's "unique" as in gay.

fairies.jpgThe Melmoth Theatre Company's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream is currently playing to audiences at the Greenwich Playhouse and, according to the producers, "schools and colleges" were keen to see the show.

Did you hear that middle England: schoolchildren are watching gay Shakespeare! We can see the headlines now, and they would definitely involve the use of the word Shakes-queer.

And what will make the editorial staff at the Daily Express particularly apoplectic is the fact that a "mysterious businessman" has made a five figure donation to the company.

Respected member of the business community funds unnatural theatre shocker!

But the best thing about this entire story is undoubtedly the reporting over at This is Local London.com:

"Melmoth Theatre Company is currently showing its unique version of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Greenwich after pulling off Two Gentlemen of Verona last year."

Did they think no one would notice?

Last Updated 04 November 2004

Adrienne

nice site. welcome to the 'ist' family. I think the newspapers are jaded. Why kick up a fuss about a gay version of Shakespeare when the world didn't blink too much at Matthew Bourne's all-male "Swan Lake," which has been revived at Sadler's Wells this season.

http://www.sadlerswells.com/wh...