O, that this too, too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
That would be the '20 per cent off' leg of lamb in the freezer section Hamlet is trying to defrost in time for Sunday lunch... And that's pretty much the kind of thing you can expect to bump into if you go to Supermarket Shakespeare in Lee Green this weekend and the beginning of next week.
Teatro Vivo are presenting Supermarket Shakespeare, exactly what it sounds like as the six-strong team of actors will be performing Shakespeare in a supermarket. They are going to be in the Lee Green branch of Sainsbury's, adding extra value to your shopping as they perform extracts from the bard's sonnets in the loose produce, biscuits, dairy and fish aisles.
This hour-long clash of the commercial and the cultural worlds is part of the run-up to Shakespeare's birthday on 23 April so head to south east London to pick up your toilet roll, Turkey Twizzlers, twin pack chocolate mousses and some iambic pentameter performed by the actors in the original wandering minstrel style in one big supermarket sweep. All performances are free; however, if you do intend to get the weekly shop in at the same time, try not to get too distracted by the men in tights rhyming away by the creme fraiche.
Supermarket Shakespeare: as a 2 for 1 offer, we can't think of anything nicer.
Supermarket Shakespeare by Teatro Vivo, at Lee Green Sainsbury's. Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April, 12pm and 6pm. Monday 21, Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 April at 7pm. For more information, go here.