The Two Noble Kinsmen is being revived in 2012 – for information about the new production, please click here.
The original production of The Two Noble Kinsmen was performed in August 2011 at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath (produced by MAST Stage Productions) and at the RSC’s open air theatre, The Dell, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
‘That we should things desire which do cost us the loss of our desire!’
When two cousins fall in love with the same woman, someone’s bound to lose out… Escaped convicts, Amazonian princesses and May Day revellers all gather in a wood near Athens, and so the stage is set for disguises, unrequited love and the most chivalrous fight-to-the-death between two best friends.
Written in 1613, to celebrate a royal wedding, the play contains Shakespeare’s final poetry as well as comic passages by fellow playwright John Fletcher. In 2011, this new production by Just Enough celebrates the best of the writing and combines it with live period music and inventive movement and dance sections, that will marry together the style of 17th century performances and the tastes of a 21st century audience.
“At only 90 minutes, and on such a small scale, it achieved plenty within its modest constraints and whetted the appetite for a larger-scale production in the future. One can only hope.” – The Bardathon
Stroud News & Journal: Two Noble Kinsmen a great success at Ustinov Theatre in Bath
Bristol Evening Post: Good to see this ‘noble’ story on stage
Blogging Shakespeare (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust): “Director John East’s vision for the play was palpable. He was clearly in tune with play’s several and strange demands: three queens mourning their dead husbands and asking for vengeance, the portrayal of an intense male friendship between the noble kinsmen Palamon and Arcite, the gradual decline into madness of the nameless Jailor’s Daughter, and the bizarre imagery intermittently present in the Shakespearian scenes.”
Image: Arcite (Zach Lipman) and Emilia (Sorcha Finch-Murray), photo by Sue East