People quoting Shakespeare will be roaming the streets

Don’t be alarmed if you see strange characters roaming Auburn Street on Sunday evening quoting Shakespeare.

SHAKESPEARE RETOLD: One of the ridiculous love scenes from the very funny, very quirky and very fast version of Romeo and Juliet in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

SHAKESPEARE RETOLD: One of the ridiculous love scenes from the very funny, very quirky and very fast version of Romeo and Juliet in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

It is just the return of the Lieder Theatre en plein air production, Shakespeare on the Run.

Lieder artistic director Chrisjohn Hancock said the month of April marked the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and death. 

“The Lieder Theatre is marking this important date in literary history by performing scenes from Shakespeare plays at places in the CBD,” Hancock said. 

Shakespeare on the Run would be a light-hearted and casual event, he said.

"We hope people can join us to watch some free live theatre in the street," he said.

“The event will start at the Lieder Theatre (on Goldsmith Street, near the corner of Auburn Street) on April 22 at 4pm with medieval nibbles.

“It will then travel through the CDB to the dulcet sound of drums and fiddles.

“It will arrive eventually at the Goulburn Club (on Market Street) for more of the Bard’s excellent words and more fine drops of nectar from the taps of the club.

“Feel free to dress as your favourite Shakespearean character.” 

Entry is by donation. For more information, call the Lieder Theatre on 4821 5066, or just turn up.

Meanwhile, the Lieder production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare(Abridged) continues at the Goulburn Club on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm until April 28.

For Abridged, the back garden of the Goulburn Club is transformed into a magical theatre space as the “Reduced Shakespeare Company” (who are actually are a part of the Lieder Theatre Company) perform parts from most of of Shakespeare’s 37 plays – “except for the really bad ones” – as one of the actors said. 

Blake Selmes, Martin Sanders and Ryan Paranthoiene bring Shakespeare to life in a very physical way, at one stage having the various kings and queens playing a game of football.

The stamina of the actors in this piece is to be congratulated.