There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare. From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony and Cleopatra; from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff. There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Enorbarbus just sits in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there’s the pie in Titus Andronicus.
For their fifth outing at Royal & Derngate, Spymonkey will perform them all – sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, always hysterically.
These four extraordinary clowns will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.
Adapted and directed by Tim Crouch (The Author, An Oak Tree, Adler & Gibb), The Complete Deaths is a solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Having previously performed Cooped, Oedipussy, Moby Dick and Every Last Trick at Royal & Derngate, Spymonkey have established themselves as firm favourites with Northampton audiences, who will have an exclusive chance to see this new show in preview ahead of its world premiere at Brighton Festival and an international tour.
Tickets are £16 and with only four performances early booking is recommended. Call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk to book.