Creators: Nicholas Collett Productions
Reviewer: Simon Topping
It has been proffered that William Shakespeare could not have possibly written all those marvellous plays himself. Surely not an unassuming lad from Warwickshire, how could he have written some of the most immortal lines ever to be spoken on stage?
Tonight Shakespeare (fabulously played by Nicholas Collett) begs to differ and takes the audience on a journey through his “lost” years to explain how a simple lad, son of a glove maker, could do and did do just that.
Bounding onto the stage with a Brummie accent in tow, Collett begins with attack and great gusto, whilst quickly reassuring us he won’t keep up the midlands brogue. From the off, the gathering feels in a safe pair of storytelling hands. Collett as Shakespeare is a warm, dynamic and engaging speaker who moves from speech to song and to interactions with the audience seamlessly.
As the evening progresses we hear tales of murder, intrigue and abandonment. All intriguing snippets into the life of Shakespeare as it was most likely was; swathes of the audience learning a thing or two as the piece unfolds.
The story is a simple chronology of the Bard’s life, it need be no more complex. Your Bard is a thoroughly enjoyable evening’s entertainment with some great gags, moments of sadness and emotional and very informative to boot.
Reviewed on 16th May