This year’s production is dedicated to the playwright himself.
“Yes, trust them not, for there is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that, with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide, supposes he is as well able to bumbast out a blanke verse as the best of you; and being an absolute Johannes Factotum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrie.”
Robert Greene, Groatsworth of Wit (1592)
One of the first references to Shakespeare as a playwright was in 1592. It was not just a reference, it was an insult. Shakespeare was attacked in a pamphlet, written by a well-known poet and playwright called Robert Greene. Being university-educated, Greene belonged to the writing elite and consequently looked down on other writers, especially if they rose to fame and thus turned into serious competition.
Shakespeare is branded not only as a jack of all trades, but also as being a fraud. The reference to one of Shakespeare’s history plays comes through the “tygers heart” which is “wrapt in a players hide”, which refers to Henry VI, part 3 where one character accuses another of unfounded cruelty: “O tiger’s heart wrapped in a woman’s hide!”
Naturally, success spurs jealousy. And yet, history has proven Shakespeare right. He remains the most-played author on the stage. Worldwide.
So, why not celebrate this with a play ABOUT Shakespeare?
Stay tuned for updates on this year’s journey, unravelling the bard’s life: how he ended up on the wrong side of the family tree, was forced to eat his own script in order to avoid being sent to the Tower and, most of all, where the true coinage of the famous stage direction “Exit, pursued by a bear” really originates.
We may have taken the liberty to amend historical facts a bit here and there. In true Shakespearean manner, so to speak.
Thursday 17th March 2022 at 12:00h and 19:00h
Friday 18th March 2022 at 12:00h and 19:00h
Saturday 19th March 2022 at 19:00h
Tickets: €10 students/concession, €15 adults
From Ubahn Partnachplatz exit Partnachplatz and follow road, cross Krüner Str. and keep following Zillertalstraße. Turn left into Hinterbärenbadstr. The theatre will be to your right.