Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum presents

Shakespeare and his Black Mates

By Lynda Burrell and Fran Hajat.

Thursday 2 November 2017

Neville Studio - Tickets: £3


JUST ADDED: Another performance on Thu 2 Nov at 4.30pm

An Englishman, an African man and a Moor walk into an inn and sit down and talk.

No, this isn’t a bad joke. We think this is how William Shakespeare, England’s great playwright, learned about exotic cultures and customs from black people he knew. How else could he have written such powerful characters like Othello, Titus Andronicus, and Caliban?

We think that Shakespeare had black mates who inspired him to write their stories into his plays. Maybe he met them down at the inn or alehouse (when times were really tight) and his black mates enthralled him with their tales. Did his black mates feel comfortable enough to talk about the unusual and unknown because Shakespeare was a good listener and non-judgemental?

Elizabethan London was a melting pot and filled with people from all over the known world. This rehearsed reading of a new play delves into the story behind the plays and prose to speculate about the black people who may have influenced Shakespeare’s writing.

Come take a seat at the table where Shakespeare and his black mates are huddled in their local inn and find out if the stories they are sharing with each other could have been the inspiration some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

An extra £1 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you.

Dates & Times

Shakespeare and his Black Mates - Thu 2 Nov 4:30pm Thu 2 Nov Neville Studio 4:30pm £3
Shakespeare and his Black Mates - Thu 2 Nov 7:30pm Thu 2 Nov Neville Studio 7:30pm £3

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