Megalomaniac and captivating: it took 30 years and numerous acclaimed, demonized and multiple award-winning productions for the British theatre collective to bring the complete works of Shakespeare onto the stage. Forced Entertainment present all 36 Shakespeare plays in nine days! Every night features four comedies tragedies, histories – succinct, drastic, dead serious and utterly hilarious. Pure action in very simple English – 45 minutes a piece. Whether Hamlet, Macbeth or Romeo and Julia, all performed with a full miniature cast in table top-format starring water bottle, razor blade and pillbox. Binge watching fans get a free ticket after every five pieces*!

ALL IN - for all aged 15+!

In modern English * Complete Works is a Forced Entertainment production. Co-produced by Berliner Festspiele – Foreign Affairs Festival, Berlin and Theaterfestival– Basel * Conceived and devised by Forced Entertainment *
Performers: Robin Arthur, Nicki Hobday, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor * Director: Tim Etchells * Text: Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor * Design: Richard Lowdon *
Sound & Lighting: Design Jim Harrison *
Production: Jim Harrison * Complete Works is a Forced Entertainment production * Co-produced by Berliner Festspiele – Foreign Affairs Festival, Berlin and Theaterfestival– Basel.

Forced Entertainment Creative Team Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells (Artistic Director), Richard Lowdon (Designer), Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor.

Forced Entertainment Management Team Hester Chillingworth (Creative Producer, Participation & Engagement), Eileen Evans (Executive Director), Jim Harrison (Production Manager), and Natalie Simpson (Office Manager).

Tim Etchells (UK), Forced Entertainment (UK)
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare
Sat. 10. — Sun. 18.02.2018

PERFORMANCE/THEATER/ALL IN
* 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m., € 5.

LOCATION
Studio 1
Waldschmidtstraße 4, 60316 Frankfurt am Main

10.2.

  • 18 Uhr: Antonius und Cleopatra / Antony and Cleopatra 
  • 19 Uhr: Ende gut, alles gut / All’s Well That Ends Well 
  • 20 Uhr: Corialanus / Corialanus
  • 21 Uhr: Romeo und Julia / Romeo and Juliet
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11.2.

18 Uhr: Julius Caesar / Julius Caesar
19 Uhr: King John / König Johann
20 Uhr: Troilus und Cressida / Troilus and Cressida 
21 Uhr: Hamlet / Hamlet
 

12.2.

18 Uhr: Der Kaufmann von Venedig / The Merchant of Venice
19 Uhr: Richard II / Richard II.
20 Uhr: Verlorene Liebesmüh / Loves Labour’s Lost 
21 Uhr: Macbeth / Macbeth

 

13.2.

18 Uhr: Viel Lärm um nichts / Much Ado About Nothing 
19 Uhr: Henry IV Part 1 / Heinrich IV., Teil 1
20 Uhr: Henry IV Part 2 / Heinrich IV., Teil 2
21 Uhr: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor / The Merry Wives of Windsor   

 

14.2.

18 Uhr: Othello / Othello
19 Uhr: Henry V / Heinrich V.
20 Uhr: Cymbeline / Cymbeline
21 Uhr: Was ihr wollt / Twelfth Night  

 

15.2.

18 Uhr: Die Komödie der Irrungen / The Comedy of Errors 
19 Uhr: Henry VI Part 1 / Heinrich VI., Teil 1
20 Uhr: Das Wintermärchen / The Winter’s Tale   
21 Uhr: King Lear / König Lear

 

16.2.

18 Uhr: Zwei Herren aus Verona / Two Gentlemen of Verona 
19 Uhr: Henry VI Part 2 / Heinrich VI., Teil 2
20 Uhr: Maß für Maß / Measure for Measure
21 Uhr: Wie es euch gefällt / As You Like It 

 

17.2.

18 Uhr: Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung / Taming of the Shrew
19 Uhr: Henry VI Part 3 / Heinrich VI., Teil 3
20 Uhr: Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
21 Uhr: Titus Andronicus / Titus Andronicus

 

18.2.

18 Uhr: Pericles / Perikles
19 Uhr: Richard III / Richard III.
20 Uhr: Timon von Athen / Timon of Athens
21 Uhr: Der Sturm / The Tempest

On presentation of five tickets from different plays, you receive one free ticket for the 6th play, only at the box office.

10.2.

Antony and Cleopatra

Romeo and Juliet, the grown-up version: they too fall in love, are thwarted and die of despair. Not because of Caesar.
 

All’s Well That Ends Well

Helena is in love with Bertram. Then things get confusing: he runs away, she runs after him and he keeps running – he has a one night stand with Helena, though he doesn’t know she’s Helena until Helena confronts him with this knowledge. Then there’s a happy ending!
 

Corialanus

  • Anti-elitism in ancient Rome: plebeians versus patricians – and in the middle of it all, a rumbling stomach.

Romeo and Juliet

The one with the nightingale and the lark!

11.2.

Julius Caesar

Total Rome: wicked, treacherous, murderous. Oh yes, and you too, Brutus.

King John

Brexit in reverse: England is at war with the rest of Europe when in the middle of the battle John gives his Kingdom to the Pope. But the Pope doesn’t want it and gives it back again.

Troilus and Cressida

The place: ancient Troy. The plot: a pledge of undying love. The time: a long way short of immortality.

Hamlet

To be or not to be!? The rest is silence.

12.2.

The Merchant of Venice

Zero interest politics: moneylender Shylock doesn’t want money but a “pound of flesh” from his debtor Antonio’s body. And he’s coming to get it.

Richard II

Richard II is the pilot episode for the Wars of the Roses series. A double helping of bad blood, intrigue and murder between rulers, rebels and allies. To be continued in Henry IV.

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Tough rules for three bachelors: no sleep, no alcohol, no sex. But who can stick to that?

Macbeth

The rise and fall of the gruesome twosome Lord and Lady Macbeth puzzles the witches and sets Birnam Wood in motion. Based on a true story!

13.2.

Much Ado About Nothing

Love at first sight or love at the sight of a bank balance? Claudio, Hero, Benedict and Beatrice try to tell the difference between illusion and reality.

Henry IV, part 1

The series continues: Henry IV is on the throne. As the action moves between London, York, Bristol and Eastcheap Henry fights to reform the state, Falstaff fights poverty and Crown Prince Hal fights for his right to party. Part Two follows.

Henry IV, part 2

On with the series: while Henry IV can see his end approaching, Falstaff and Hal are getting into more trouble. However, when rebels threaten the throne, Hal suddenly remembers his duties as a statesman. Continued in Henry V.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Spin-off from Henry IV starring Falstaff trying his luck as a gigolo in Windsor. Worth it for the title alone.

14.2.

Othello

Set off the blackfacing debates in German theatres.

Henry V

A lavish series ending: Hal is in power: instead of pubs he now goes looking for a fight with the church and embarks without God’s blessing on a hopeless war against France.

Cymbeline

Never heard of it?! A complex piece with those perennial favourites; faith, love and jealousy – only much crazier, which may be why hardly anyone dares direct it.

Twelfth Night or What You Will

But what do you want? Cesario loves Orsino. Orsino loves Olivia. Olivia loves Cesario. But Cesario isn’t really Cesario: she’s Viola.

15.2.

The Comedy of Errors

A title you can trust – this really is confusing. Two pairs of twins turn Ephesus upside down.

Henry VI, part 1

The Wars of the Roses: Series 2, Episode 1, with special guest star Joan of Arc. She leads the French army against the English and fights – in vain – with everything she’s got. Henry is briefly King of Paris.

The Winter’s Tale

A jealous husband tyrannizes his wife, his child and his best friend. To get to a happy ending takes 16 years and the discovery of a coastline in “Bohemia”.

King Lear

The first edition of this inheritance thriller in 1608 is called: “The True Chronicle History of the Life and Death of King Lear and his Three Daughters” – with, frequently forgotten, “the Unfortunate Life of Edgar, son and heir to the Earl of Gloster…”

16.2.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

You know what’s going to happen when they swear to be faithful: nothing can come between Valentine and Proteus... except maybe Sylvia.

Henry VI, part 2

Episode 2: Politics as power. Power as politics. Caught between them: a weakening King Henry.

Measure for Measure

Duke Vincentio attempts to combat widespread moral decay measure for measure. But even show trials and the death penalty do little good.

As You Like It

A romp in the Forest of Arden, where each and everyone falls in love forever and they all do whatever they want.

17.2.

The Taming of the Shrew

Petruchio tames his wife Katherine: Kiss me Kate!

Henry VI, part 3

Episode 3: Politics as naked terror. More revenge, brutality and destruction than in any other Shakespeare.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What joyous loving, hunting, joking, conjuring, cuddling, snogging, scaring and taunting in the forests near Athens, complete with a play within a play and enough characters for every school theatre company.

Titus Andronicus

Multiple protagonists but only one survives.

18.2.

Pericles

This is your chance! Statistically Shakespeare’s least performed play.

Richard III

The ultimate epilogue to the Wars of the Roses series: Richard revels in his role as a murderous villain until at the height of spinning his way to power ghosts from his past finally catch up with him.

Timon of Athens

You just can’t keep throwing your money around. As soon as it runs out, Timon discovers he’s also run out of friends.

The Tempest

“O brave new world / That has such people in’t!“

Event Dates

Sat. 10.02.2018
Complete Works: Antony and Cleopatra

18 Uhr 

Sat. 10.02.2018
Complete Works: All’s Well That Ends Well

7 p.m. 

Sat. 10.02.2018
Complete Works: Corialanus

8 p.m. 

Sat. 10.02.2018
Complete Works: Romeo and Juliet

9 p.m.  

Sun. 11.02.2018
Complete Works: Julius Caesar

6 p.m. 

Sun. 11.02.2018
Complete Works: King John

7 p.m. 

Sun. 11.02.2018
Complete Works: Troilus and Cressida

8 p.m. 

Sun. 11.02.2018
Complete Works: Hamlet

9 p.m. 

Mon. 12.02.2018
Complete Works: The Merchant of Venice

6 p.m. 

Mon. 12.02.2018
Complete Works: Richard II.

7 p.m. 

Mon. 12.02.2018
Complete Works: Loves Labour´s Lost

8 p.m. 

Mon. 12.02.2018
Complete Works: Macbeth

9 p.m. 

Tue. 13.02.2018
Complete Works: Much Ado About Nothing

6 p.m. 

Tue. 13.02.2018
Complete Works: Henry IV Part 1

7 p.m. 

Tue. 13.02.2018
Complete Works: Henry IV Part 2

8 p.m. 

Tue. 13.02.2018
Complete Works: The Merry Wives of Windsor

9 p.m. 

Wed. 14.02.2018
Complete Works: Othello

6 p.m. 

Wed. 14.02.2018
Complete Works: Twelfth Night or What You Will

6 p.m. 

Wed. 14.02.2018
Complete Works: Cymbeline

6 p.m. 

Wed. 14.02.2018
Complete Works: Henry V

7 p.m. 

Thu. 15.02.2018
Complete Works: The Comedy of Errors

6 p.m. 

Thu. 15.02.2018
Complete Works: Henry VI Part 1

7 p.m. 

Thu. 15.02.2018
Complete Works: The Winter´s Tale

8 p.m. 

Thu. 15.02.2018
Complete Works: King Lear

9 p.m. 

Fri. 16.02.2018
Complete Works: Two Gentlemen of Verona

6 p.m. 

Fri. 16.02.2018
Complete Works: Henry VI Part 2

7 p.m. 

Fri. 16.02.2018
Complete Works: Measure for Measure

8 p.m. 

Fri. 16.02.2018
Complete Works: As You Like It

9 p.m. 

Sat. 17.02.2018
Complete Works: Taming of the Shrew

6 p.m. 

Sat. 17.02.2018
Complete Works: Henry VI Part 3

7 p.m. 

Sat. 17.02.2018
Complete Works: A Midsummer Night´s Dream

8 p.m. 

Sat. 17.02.2018
Complete Works: Titus Andronicus

9 p.m. 

Sun. 18.02.2018
Complete Works: Pericles

6 p.m. 

Sun. 18.02.2018
Complete Works: Richard III

7 p.m. 

Sun. 18.02.2018
Complete Works: Timon of Athens

8 p.m. 

Sun. 18.02.2018
Complete Works: The Tempest

9 p.m.