Shakespeare once famously stated in one of his plays, “All the world’s a stage.” Little did he know, that generation later his words would become synonymous with the world of theatre. When the sun dawned on the era of sixteenth-century England a legend was born by the name of William Shakespeare. Arguably one of the greatest playwrights the world has ever seen, Shakespeare reigned the theatre scene of the sixteenth and seventeenth century England. Four centuries later, and the world still finds itself fascinated with Shakespeare and his plays.
Shakespeare’s plays have been reproduced, adapted and reinterpreted for the big screen, theatres and musicals a myriad number of times. Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet are two of the most performed plays. Joining the long list of interpretations of the Bard’s plays is the Shakespeare Comedy Theatre Festival.
The Shakespeare Comedy Theatre Festival will showcase four adaptations of the Bard’s most famous plays; Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and As You Like It. But these four plays come with a twist. These four adaptations will shuffle up the acts, eliminate some scenes, jumble up the dialogues and present the plays to you from a new perspective, that of the clowns.
These clown adaptations are the brainchild of Bollywood actor Rajat Kapoor who’s the director behind all the four plays. Renowned Bollywood celebrities will be seen taking the stage essaying the clown version of the characters in this theatre festival. Actress Kalki Koechlin who’s known for her role in critically acclaimed movies like Dev D, That Girl in Yellow Boots, and Margarita with a Straw will be seen portraying the role of Ophelia in Rajat Kapoor’s Hamlet – The Clown Prince. Celebrated actor Vinay Pathak will be seen in all four plays, depicting a different character each time. Apart from them, actors Ranvir Shorey, Cyrus Sahukar, Namit Das, Neil Bhoopalam and many others will be part of the plays.
The Shakespeare Comedy Theatre Festival has opened to packed audiences in various cities across the globe and is set to perform across eleven cities in India. It’s not every day you come across plays in India that show you the world from a clown’s point of view.