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The egg, at Theatre Royal has been host to a string of innovative and young minded performances. Bath Spa University’s OnSet productions have gathered together a first rate cast of theatre students to put on a performance of Where There’s A Will, a comic rendition of the life of Shakespeare.

In an imaginative use of the intimate oval space of The Egg, we are brought close to a somewhat suspect telling of the mysterious life of Shakespeare. This is a world premiere of a new script, written by Stewart Melton and directed by Ian Nicholson.

The great characters associated with Shakespeare, his wife Anne Hathaway, his tragically dead son Hamlet and his children, even his contemporary playwright Christopher Marlowe, are brought to life through pin sharp acting. In scenes that are spectacular and at times outrageous, a tale of family, adventure and of passion is woven.

Not forgotten, is the age old theatrical tradition of cross dressing, which is used to hilarious effect throughout the play, and in some of its most important personalities. Using a skeleton crew, the players switch back and forth between roles, at times challenging social convention, and rotating through a colourfully imagined portrayal of Shakespeare’s life.

For only three nights Where There’s a Will is being performed in Bath, and is a fantastic and original experience fit for all ages. The play expresses an ongoing reverence for the work of Shakespeare, but does so by playfully questioning our perceptions of the man himself.      
Jonathon Stephenson