For a strictly limited number of performances, the National Theatre stages a musical version of Pericles on the Olivier stage. Playwright Chris Bush adapts Shakespeare’s Pericles into a musical version that features a huge cast of professional performers and people drawn from several community organisations across London.
The young prince Pericles is whip-smart but naïve, and needs to leave his homeland after a bad decision threatens his safety. As the fates carry him across the seas from place to place, Pericles is forced to quickly grow up and learn the value of going home.
With music by James Fortune, the production is created by Chris Bush, whose credits include The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, The Changing Room, What We Wished For and A Declaration from the People. Bush has been in residence at Oxford Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres. James Fortune’s credits Teh Internet is Serious Business and My Brilliant Friend.
Pericles is directed by Emily Lim (Behind the Beautiful Forevers) and features design by Fly Davis, choreography by Robby Graham, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound design by Paul Arditti.
As the country’s National Theatre, this kind of community-driven work is a vital gesture indicating a change in the way theatre engages with its audiences and the wider community. An epic adventure story, Pericles plays at the National’s Olivier Theatre from 26 August to 28 August 2018.
Recommended forShakespeare and classical theatre buffs who love to see the potential in the country’s greatest playwright will want to make sure they see this. Anyone who values community work that celebrates the diversity and talent in London won’t want to miss this production.
Age Recommendations: No under 5's