A wealth of Shakespeare at Lincoln Performing Arts

King Henry IV Part One is one of the plays being performed as part of week of Shakespeare at Lincoln Performing Arts

King Henry IV Part One is one of the plays being performed as part of week of Shakespeare at Lincoln Performing Arts

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The Bard is taking over Lincoln Performing Arts Centre from this weekend as the venue hosts a feast of Shakespeare.

The venue will stage five plays in as many days beginning on Saturday, December 3 with Anthony and Cleopatra.

Torn between the claims of Rome and the temptations of Egypt, Mark Antony is infatuated with Cleopatra and rebels against Octavius Caesar in this double tragedy of a clash of civilisations.

The performance starts at 7.30pm.

On Sunday, December 5, the production is Timon of Athens, many of whose themes chime with the ills of the modern world as much today as it did back then.

Spend money, give gifts, throw parties.

Take out loans, sponsor the arts, bail out your friends.

Lose everything, ask for help, get rejected.

Go to the wilderness, live in a cave, sponsor a massacre.

The performance begins at 7.30pm.

On Monday, December5, there is an open dress rehearsal for that evening’s production, Othello.

Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, jealously, betrayal, deceit and lust for power remains one of his most iconic works.

Othello loves Desdemona, Desdemona loves Othello and Iago loves...Iago.

And Iago loves the idea of being all pwerful.

What can possibly go wrong? ‘O Iago, the pity of it, Iago.

The performance starts at 7.30pm.

On Tuesday, December 6, the battle lines are drawn in King Henry IV Part One.

This first play, explores the relationship between King Henry and his son, Prince Hal, as the kingdom faces a grievous uprising that is being plotted by the Percy family.

As this production is not set in its traditional context, the cast and production team aim to explore themes such as a divided country and strained family relationships, themes that are still prevalent in today’s society.

King Henry himself lived in Lincolnshire at Boilingbroke Castle, so don’t miss the opportunity to learn more of Lincolnshire’s heritage.

Directed by Martin Curtis, the performance starts at 7.30pm.

King Henry IV Part Two follows on Wednesday December 7 and provides the finale to the week.

As the king’s health slowly declines. Hal must prove he is worthy to succeed his father.

As Falstaff continues to work ‘for king and country’, Hal has to choose whether his friendship or his preordained responsibility will lead his life.

Tickets for each play are £9 and £7 (£5 Live Pass) from the box office on 01522 837600 or www.lpac.co.uk