Lincs: A week of the Bard at Performing Arts Centre

Six of William Shakespeare'splays will be performed in six nights at LPAC next week
Six of William Shakespeare'splays will be performed in six nights at LPAC next week

A week of the Bard starts at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre next week with six plays in as many days in their Shakespeare Season.

The week begins on Monday (1st December) with Measure For Measure.

Shakespeare’s infamous brooding and disturbing comedy explores the complexities of legal and sexual morality when in service to the effects of political power and its abuses.

On Tuesday (2nd December), the comic mood continues in The Comedy of Errors.

Two sets of identical twins are accidentally separated at birth.

Years later, Antipholous of Syracuse and his servant Dromio arrive at Ephesus which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, also called Antipholus and Dromio.

Mistaken identity and wild mishaps ensure in Shakespeare’s most farcical comedy

Wednesday (3rd December) sees religion and social prejudice clash in The Merchant of Venice.

Big spender Bassanio wants to impress the rich and beautiful Portia.

To woo her, he borrows money.

His friend Antonio guarantees the loan – with his life.

Meanwhile, the money-lender’s teenage daughter runs away with her boyfriend.

When it all goes wrong – as it surely will – who will pay the price?

A lighter mood returns on Thursday (4th December) with As You Like It.

If you go down to the woods today, you better go in disguise.

If you go down to the woods today, you’ll chance upon love at first sight.’

As You Like It presents all of the classic comic traits alongside a reminder that ‘all the world’s a stage’.

On Friday (5th December) the offering is Twelfth Night.

Twelfth Night features a shipwreck, some cross dressing, incessant smiling and bright yellow garters.

It also features twins losing their way, a tumultuous trio plotting the hilariously sad demise of a pompous steward and a grieving widow breaking her oath.

Full of back-stabbing, lies and intrigue but without the death, blood and dark despair, it is another Shakespearian masterpiece.

The week concludes next Saturday (6th December) with one of his greatest histories, Henry V.

Famous for the stirring speech at Agincourt and the events that immediately preceded and followed it, Shakespeare’s text also warns us about the potency of ‘vile participation’ with the story of a clever fraud called Harry.

All plays start at 7.30pm night and tickets for each night are £8 (£6 concessions, £5 NUS and under-26).

Additionally, there is also an offer for a weekly-ticket to watch all six plays for just £24.

For ticket details and information, call the box office on 01522 837600.

Alternatively, visit the website at www. lpac.co.uk