Death in Shakespeare is a laughing matter at the Drill Hall

Spymonkey are presenting The Complete Deaths at the Drill Hall next week

Spymonkey are presenting The Complete Deaths at the Drill Hall next week

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The funny side of being bumped off in Shakespeare’s plays is explored by Spymonkey at Lincoln Drill Hall next week as they present The Complete Deaths.

There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare – 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus.

They range from the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John, from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra, and from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff and Banquo being murdered in Macbeth.

There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering.

Enorbarbus just sits in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there’s the pie that Titus serves the Queen of the Goths.

Spymonkey will perform them all – sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically.

It may even be the death of them.

The show is at the Drill Hall from Monday, June 13 to Wednesday, June 15 at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets are £16 and £14 from the box office on 01522 873894 or www.lincolndrillhall.com