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Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

Livestreamed from Sheffield, London & Berlin
Forced Entertainment

 Thursdays - Sundays | Sep 17 - Nov 15

This HomeStage event is available to UC Davis students and Mondavi Center Members. 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 12:00pm
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 12:00pm
Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 12:00pm
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A vase for the prince. A matchbox for the servant. A kitchen table for a stage.

Originally conceived in 2015, in Complete Works six performers create condensed versions of all of the Shakespeare plays, comically and intimately retelling them, using a collection of everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters on the a stage made from a table top.

Complete Works has been performed in theater spaces across the world as well as being webcast to thousands of international viewers, however, while a global pandemic has shut down stages everywhere, the piece finds an intimate new life by ‘coming home’. Rather than a table set against the red drapes of a theater, the objects find their starting positions on Terry’s kitchen table or Jerry’s desk as if they’d just been taken down from the surrounding shelves and cupboards of each performers’ home. 

All performances will take place at 12pm unless otherwise noted

Week 1

Thu, Sep 17: Macbeth

Fri, Sep 18:  Pericles

Sat, Sep 19:  The Merchant of Venice

Sun, Sep 20:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream - followed by a post-show discussion

Week 2 

Thu, Sep 24:  Romeo and Juliet

Fri, Sep 25: King John

Sat, Sep 26:  Titus Andronicus

Sun, Sep 27: Much Ado About Nothing - followed by a post-show discussion

Week 3 

Thu, Oct 1:  Hamlet

Fri, Oct 2:  Love’s Labour’s Lost

Sat, Oct 3:  The Winter’s Tale

Sun, Oct 4:  All’s Well That Ends Well - followed by a post-show discussion

Week 4 

Thu, Oct 8:  Richard II

Fri, Oct 9:  Henry IV, Part 1

Sat, Oct 10:  Henry IV Part 2

Sun, Oct 11:  Henry V - followed by a post-show discussion

Week 5 

Thu, Oct 15: Henry VI, Part 1 

Fri, Oct 16: Henry VI, Part 2

Sat, Oct 17: Henry VI, Part 3

Sun, Oct 18: Richard III - followed by a post-show discussion

Week 6

Thu, Oct 22:  Measure for Measure

Fri, Oct 23:  Coriolanus

Sat, Oct 24:  The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sun, Oct 25 at 1pm :  King Lear - followed by a post-show discussion

Week 7 

Thu, Oct 29 at 1pm:  Twelfth Night

Fri, Oct 30 at 1pm:  Cymbeline

Sat, Oct 31 at 1pm:  Julius Caesar

Sun, Nov 1:  Antony and Cleopatra - followed by a post-show discussion

Week 8

Thu, Nov 5:  Two Gentlemen of Verona

Fri, Nov 6:  Troilus and Cressida

Sat, Nov 7:  As You Like It

Sun, Nov 8:  Othello - followed by a post-show discussion

Week 9

Thu, Nov 12:  Taming of the Shrew

Fri, Nov 13:  The Comedy of Errors

Sat, Nov 14: Timon of Athens

Sun, Nov 15:  The Tempest - followed by a post-show discussion

Conceived and devised by Forced Entertainment 

Performers — Robin Arthur, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, 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 

Digital Production Management — Jim Harrison

Financially supported by the following partners: Kanuti Gildi SAAL; KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm; The Mondavi Center, UC Davis; PACT Zollverein; Romaeuropa Festival; Shakespeare Festival Neuss; Stanford Live at Stanford University; UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance and UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures. Also presented as part of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2020 Time-Based Art Festival.

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Event Info

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 12:00pm
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 12:00pm
Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 12:00pm
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 12:00pm
Online

 Thursdays - Sundays | Sep 17 - Nov 15

This HomeStage event is available to UC Davis students and Mondavi Center Members. 

Members can find this event in the “Digital Content” section of their Mondavi Center account.

Current Members Log In

UC Davis students can find information about getting their free HomeStage access here.

UC Davis Student Log In

You can gain access to all HomeStage content by becoming a Mondavi Center Member.

Become a Mondavi Center Member