Commemorating and celebrating ‘The Man Of The Millennium’, William Shakespeare, performer Bruce Morrison presents the 2020 premiere of iShakespeare, a new and thrilling intimate solo Shakespearean event in words, poetry, song and music, within the walls of one of London’s - and indeed, the world’s - most iconic and ancient buildings.
Conceived and directed by David Owen-Bell, iShakespeare is an exciting, new, explosive and utterly contemporary One-Man production with Bruce Morrison playing over 20 of Shakespeare’s most famous and memorable characters (men and women); a theatrical experience which weaves from Tragedy to Comedy to History to Pastoral in the blink of an eye, masterfully and beautifully interwoven with songs, laughter, poetry and sonnets.
Young or old, Londoner or visitor, Shakespeare aficionado or newcomer – all will discover iShakespeare to be a consummate, moving and powerful solo masterpiece of vocal, visual, physical and musical theatre by one of the UK’s most versatile and commanding solo performers. No other solo Shakespeare production has embraced so much variety, exhilaration, excitement and passion - Kings, Queens, Princes, Lovers, Warriors & Clowns.
iShakespeare is the dramatic culmination of an extraordinary journey and exploration of Shakespeare’s theatre legacy in a Trilogy of solo productions, performed throughout the UK and around the world, ranging from standing-room- only Edinburgh Festival performances amongst the dusty stones of the 16th Century excavations deep below the Royal Mile’s Tron Kirk, then at the Chelsea and City of London Festivals (the latter at the 13th Century St. Ethelburga's Church after its re-opening as a Centre of Peace and Reconciliation by HRH Prince Charles, after being bombed by the IRA) - and culminating in a magical and memorable outdoor standing ovation presentation at the Barbados Arts Festival under the Caribbean moonlight :
“The Bard of Avon’s quill has been still for 400 years…but Bruce Morrison breathed life into his most famous words beneath the shadowy canopy of trees during SHAKESPEARE : AS YOU LIKE HIM! … weaving a seamless tapestry of emotional expression - whether sorrow, joy, love, apathy, remorse or fear … Morrison captured the moments expertly … he did not simply celebrate Shakespeare - he also gave recognition to youth, gender, love, sex, hurt, pain, light, darkness, death … the audience was enthralled ... his was a Tour De Force performance.”
(BARBADOS NATION CENTRESTAGE)