Shakespeare revisited in New West production

Three actors bring 1,222 characters in 37 plays to life in 97 minutes at the Columbia Theatre

Love Shakespeare? Hate Shakespeare? Just kinda “meh” about Shakespeare?

Whatever your feelings about the Bard of Avon, Alchemy Theatre is promising you’ll find something to love in their upcoming production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

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The comedic production takes to the stage Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 at the Columbia Theatre in downtown New West.

Ethan Shankaruk, Alannah St. Pierre and Richard Wiens take to the stage in this romp through 37 plays in 97 minutes, bringing to life some 1,222 characters in record time.

Billing it as “the most heinous act committed against William Shakespeare and English majors everywhere,” the theatre company promises you a “most offensive play where audiences can enjoy dinner and beverages throughout the show.”

Each show will also have a special performance by comedian Tiffany Anderson.

The shows are on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 1 p.m. Doors open one hour ahead. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. You can buy through eventbrite.ca (or follow a direct link at www.tinyurl.com/CompleteWorksTix).

Alchemy Theatre was formed in 2014 by a group of actors who met while working on the Vagabond Players’ production of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) in New Westminster. Since then, they’ve also launched a summer Shakespeare production at the Bernie Legge Theatre, in partnership with Vagabond Players.

Check out www.alchemytheatre.ca for more on the group.

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