The Shakespeare Revue compiled by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee


A light-hearted collection of sketches, songs and anecdotes inspired by the works and reputation of William Shakespeare. Originally created for the Royal Shakespeare Company in April 1993 for the annual birthday celebrations, it subsequently transferred to the Barbican Theatre and the West End. It includes extracts from Alan Bennett, Noel Coward, Richmal Crompton, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Miller, Bill Oddie, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Victoria Wood and many others. The result is a sparkling entertainment in the revue tradition, performed by six versatile actors and their pianist. You never knew Shakespeare could be so much fun!

Cast & Creatives

Rod ArklePerformer
Fraser HainesPerformer
Kimberley VaughanPerformer
Kate BillinghamPerformer
Richard JordanPerformer
Bernadette WoodPerformer
Mary O'BrienChoreographer
Brian Wright
Additional Linking Dialogue

Derek Banyard
Set Design & Painting

Philip WelshLighting
Denise SwannStage Manager
Dorothy GrangerCostumes
Martin Borley-Cox
Programme & Poster Design

Will BillinghamIllustrations
Tom JordanPhotography
Ursula WrightDirector


April 14-18 - Playhouse Theatre, Northampton
April 24 - Hertford Theatre
May 2 - Playhouse Theatre, Whitstable
June 14 - Player's Theatre, Thame
July 2 - St Edmunds Hall, Southwold
July 4 - Pitsford Stables, Northampton

October 7 - The Place, Bedford
October 15 - Little Theatre, Chester
November 18 - Hoby Village Hall
November 19 - Playhouse Theatre, Northampton
December 3 - Harborough Theatre


"...delightful delicious fun" - Phil Purkis

"This was the best thing I have seen this year" - Emma Banks

"... witty, urbane and hugely entertaining production" - Paul Fowler

"... an outstanding show" - Peter Wylie to BBC Radio Northampton

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