The Hague Shakespeare Fringe weekend

The Hague Shakespeare Fringe Weekend:
Shakespeare Unexpected 19 -22 April 2018
Het Nationale Theater – Koninklijke Schouwburg – The Hague

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Dates, Venues & Tickets

Thursday 19 April 20.30 Cry Havoc! Click here for tickets
Friday 20 April 20.30 Cry Havoc! Click here for tickets
Saturday 21 April 14.00 Interactive Shakespeare Workshop (5+) Click here for tickets
Saturday 21 April 15.00 A Midsummer Night’s Dream (5+) Click here for tickets
Saturday 21 April 20.30 Cry Havoc! Click here for tickets
Sunday 22 April 15.00 A Midsummer Night’s Dream (5+) Click here for tickets


Het Nationale Theater – Koninklijke Schouwburg – The Hague

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by Shakespeare, adapted by Infinite Jest (UK)
a hilarious children’s show for 5+
Conjuring Theseus’ court, the magical forest and the volatile fairy world, using 5 actors, physical theater, live music, song and dance, puppetry, and audience participation…. read more

Cry Havoc

by Stephan Wolfert (US)
A veteran’s story interwoven with Shakespeare’s words
A thought-provoking, touching and surprisingly funny evening of finely crafted, interactive theater. Critically acclaimed, winner Best Actor, Director & Production at the Berkshire Theater Awards … read more

Theatre of Wrong Decisions

On-going Video Installation  19 – 22 April Paradijs Staircase

Hague based art platform Theatre of Wrong Decisions reacts to current burning issues in four categories: Human Rights, Climate Change, War and Politics.  It can be briefly described as a fusion of visual arts and theatre. It manifests itself in short video productions critically responding to highly controversial and sensitive issues in today’s world.
The video clips are closely linked to similar situations in Shakespeare’s plays. By using Shakespearean quotes the participants of Theatre of Wrong Decisions are putting current issues of moral concern into a universal perspective. The videos are made in collaboration with the Clingendael Institute and Sipri Stockholm.
Artistic Team Theatre of Wrong Decisions: Ruud Hisgen literator, Eric de Vries photographer/filmer, Maaike Engels Filmer, Randa Nassar Filmer, Menno Doornbos Art Consultant and Ingrid Rollema visual artist and director.

19-21 April Cry Havoc!:
19.50 Paradijs Introductions by Henriette Koomans and Tom Dommisse on the use of Shakespeare’s texts in the performance. Free. Registration required:
Post Show Discussion with Stephan Wolfert and each night another panelmember who is working within the military or with veterans. Free – no registration required.

21 April A Midsummer Night’s Dream
14.00: Open theatre-workshop for children between 5 and 12 years. € 5,00 please book in Ticketshop
In November 2013 the first ever The Hague Shakespeare Festival took place in the Koninklijke Schouwburg with major names like Tina Packer, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Het Vijfde Bedrijf and others. A programme full of performances and discussions over a period of 10 days.

The Hague Shakespeare Festival has developed Shakespeare Fringe weekends with specific Shakespeare themes. International companies came together to exchange experiences, to learn and share their work based on Shakespeare. The first was in November 2014 in Zaal 3 of Theater aan het Spui and involved young theatre makers from the United States, Israel, the Netherlands and Great Britain. The Shakespeare for Kids & Teens was the second one in April 2015.

In April 2016 the theme was Shakespeare and just War (to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death) in Theater aan het Spui and in the Koninklijke Schouwburg. Highlight was the Keynote speech was delivered by Judge Theodor Meron in close co-operations with Dutch actors Gijs Scholten van Aschat and Pierre Bokma. A panel of Shakespeare and international law experts including Tina Packer and Sir Christopher Greenwood (ICJ) responded to the speech before the audience joined in the debate.

Gemeente Den Haag, Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten (SKIP), Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (ZH), Vfonds, M.A.O.C. Gravin van Bylandt Stichting