Tue, 25 Apr|
Theatre @41 Monkgate
Shakespeare's Fool (UK TOUR)
Join Elizabethan superstar Will ‘Cavaliero’ Kempe as he gives his final performance to an audience of a mouse and a marrote and tells us what really happened between him and Will 'git-face' Shakespeare.
Time & Location
25 Apr, 20:00 – 21:15
Theatre @41 Monkgate, 41 Monkgate, York YO31 7PB, UK
About the Event
Will 'Cavaliero' Kempe was one of the finest performers of the Elizabethan age. Gentleman player, juggling jester, headmaster of Morris dancers and London's finest clown, until...he fell out with Will 'git-face' Shakespeare.
Kempe died alone and poverty stricken, not very far from the original Globe Theatre, of which he was an original shareholder and faded into obscurity; a world away from his former life having supposedly originated some of literature's best- known characters, including Bottom, Dogberry, and Falstaff.
Join ‘Cavaliero’ Kempe on the streets of London as he gives his final performance to an audience of a mouse and a marrote and tells the tale of his life, his rise to stardom and what really happened between him and William Shakespeare.
This one-actor show, starring Robin Leetham premiered at the EdFringe in 2021 before touring the UK and received rave reviews from critics and audience alike. In 2022 the show transferred to the National Theatre of Romania for performances at the International Shakespeare Festival and returned to the EdFringe for another successful run before closing it's 2022 tour with sell-out shows at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.
A bittersweet tale, told by an idiot.