If you don’t have time to see all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays or read his entire crop of 154 sonnets then Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits could be just the thing.
The show, which debuted on The Bard’s 450th birthday this year, condenses his great works to just 10 speeches and 10 songs – and it’s coming to the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax on Friday, November 28.
Actor Lance Pierson will bring the famous words to life with ‘hits’ from the Henrys to Hamlet, Richards to Romeo and Juliet. Soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain provide the songs and music, which cover Shakespeare-inspired musicals, opera and soundtracks.
The show starts at 8pm.
It’s a busy week at the Square Chapel, which is also hosting internationally-renowned folk singer Julie Felix on Saturday, November 29. Julie is celebrating 50 years in the music business with a new touring show.
There’s a children’s show, The Queen’s Knickers, on Sunday, November 23; a spoken word event with Jo Bell and Tony Walsh in Lifted on Wednesday, November 26; and a musical performance by Calderdale Big Band on Thursday, November 27.
The week wraps up on Sunday, November 30, with a concert by Yorkshire-based five-piece band Roisin Ban (Irish for White Rose), and a programme of traditional Irish tunes and songs accompanied by old-style Irish dancing.
Tickets for all concerts are £10 and £12, except the children’s performance, which is £8. For details visit www.squarechapel.co.uk or call 01422 349422.