The Mayor of London and London 2012 Festival director Ruth Mackenzie have announced ‘Surprises: What You Will: Pop-Up Shakespeare’, which will see Shakespearean characters, initially indistinguishable from the crowd, suddenly emerging at London’s cultural hot-spots.
Amongst those appearing on London’s streets will be Puck, Hamlet, Cleopatra, Juliet and other characters, played by 50 actors aged 17 to 70, who have been cast by Shakespeare’s Globe and include deaf and disabled artists. They will perform brief interactions with the public before disappearing back into the crowd. We think it sounds great fun and we’re looking forward to finding ourselves suddenly serenaded by a lovelorn Romeo.
What You Will: Pop-Up Shakespeare was created by actor Mark Rylance, who describes it as ‘a random act of senseless beauty and an artistic ambush’. What You Will: Pop-up Shakespeare is directed by Jonathan Moore and will take place during the first week of the London 2012 Paralympic Games from Tuesday 28 August – Sunday 2 September.
The exact times and locations will remain a surprise until the day of the performances, but people can register for updates at www.molpresents.com/surprises and follow @molpresents and @London2012Fest on Twitter.