2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and the beginning of his legacy to the world. Craigdarroch Castle and the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (GVSF) celebrate this historic anniversary with Where There’s a Will, February 17-21 and 24-27 at 8pm.
Where There’s a Will is a celebration of the greatest English dramatist in song, verse and cake. Meet the celebrity superstars of the 15th century, such as Elizabeth I, Christopher Marlowe, Anne Hathaway, and of course, Bill himself. Afterwards, the audience will have an opportunity to recite a favourite line or couplet as part of “We are Shakespeare”, a global video project initiative launched to celebrate the Quadricentenary.
The Castle’s magnificent rooms and landings serve as perfect settings for this historical romp. See the actor who first played Hamlet, Richard Burbage, struggle in rehearsal; hear Shakespeare’s bitter rival, Christopher Marlowe, hurl insults; and witness a special appearance by a Britain’s favourite time traveller and his cohort.
The script is a collaboration between Castle favourite Giggling Iguana Productions founder Ian Case, and GVSF Artistic Director Karen Lee Pickett. “We are thrilled to be back in the Castle! There will be sonnets, songs, and a few surprises,” says Pickett, “and at evening’s end, sweets will be served in the Castle’s magnificent Dining Room – the perfect way to end an anniversary celebration!”
Where There’s a Will features a plethora of artists from the Festival’s talented pool of directors and actors, including Cam Culham (Cock at Theatre Inconnu and two seasons with GVSF), Chris Gabel (“Pick of the Fringe” Award-winning Paper Street Theatre and Atomic Vaudeville), Susie Mullen (August: Osage County for Langham Court and four seasons with GVSF), Griffin Lea (The Rocky Horror Show for RKO productions and Cabaret for Langham Court), and Candace Woodland (Rocky Horror and four seasons with GVSF). The show is directed by Geoffrey Davidson and runs February 17-21 & 24-27 at 8pm at Craigdarroch Castle, 1050 Joan Crescent.
Information and tickets are available online at http://www.thecastle.ca and by phone at 250-592-5323. Reservations are required. Tickets are $30 general admission and $28 for Castle Members (prices include HST) and include coffee, tea and dessert service. Tickets must be purchased in advance.