Pericles was the first in the National Theatre’s new programme, Public Acts. New York’s Public Theater and London’s National Theatre is partnering on a community-based initiative, inspired by The Public’s successful Public Works model of participatory theater that has expanded nationally and internationally since its creation five years ago.
Emily Lim directed a large community ensemble and small cast of professional actors in this new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play by Chris Bush, with movement direction by Robby Graham.
A snapshot of the reviews:
“An uplifting achievement”, The Independent
“Inclusive, empowering, revitalising, celebratory, multicultural, multilingual and downright fun”, The Times
“A grand advertisement for Britain’s melting pot”, The Telegraph
“A fizzingly energetic production”, The Arts Desk
“Captivating the audience with their shining performances”, The Upcoming
“Makes a seemingly little play vast”, Exeunt Magazine
“A joyous, lively and community-focused reimagining of Shakespeare”, The Stage
“Robby Graham’s set pieces flood the stage with seas of people”, What’s On Stage
“An unforgettable theatrical experience”, Broadway World
“Extremely poignant and expressive”, Upstaged Arts
“If you missed it, regret it.”, Theatre Guide