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S4K's Mini Dream at Guildford's Watts Gallery in August

Our family fun version of A Midsummer Night's Dream - which appeared at the V&A Museum as part of Shakespeare's 450th Birthday celebrations in April - is returning to the Watts Gallery in Surrey this August.

va3.jpgThere will be three performances on THURSDAY 7 AUGUST at the Watts Gallery, just outside of Guildford in Surrey, at 11am, 1pm and 2.45pm.

The shows are part of a special family fun day surrounding the Gallery's picture exhibition of Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry (who famously played Puck), and are preceded by workshops where children can create their own fairy wand or headdress.

Entrance fee is £7.50 per child (£6.50 for Friends of Watts Gallery) and adults go FREE (one per paying child).

To book - Tel: 01483 810235

More details via this link


S4K celebrate Shakespeare's birthday at the V&A

We've been helping to celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday at London's Victoria and Albert Museum with a series of family fun version's of A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Noel Andrew Harron (Puck), Alan Clarke (Oberon) and Olivia Chenery (Titania) have been performing a specially-created 45 minute version of Shakespeare's comedy throughout the week in the V&A Lecture Theatre.

Dozens of children (and their parents) have been helping out the three actors by playing the parts of Titania's Fairies, the Indian Prince and the Working Men who are rehearsing their own play in the magical woods outside Athens.

The feedback has been suitably celebratory: "A fantastic day"; "We ALL loved it"; "Fantastic! I think you should be called Shakespeare for Kidz AND ADULTS!" ; "What a way to celebrate the Bard's birthday".

Noel and Olivia have appeared as Puck and Titania in theatres in the UK and overseas on the last full touring production of S4K's A Midsummer Night's Dream; whereas Alan played Oberon in a preview production of The Dream at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre way back in 1996, before the South Bank venue officially opened to the public.

Meanwhile Noel - who played Macbeth for S4K on their recent 2014 tour - will be returning to the UAE next month to play Pinocchio.

Performances of The Dream continue at the V&A all this week at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Admission is free.

S4K at the V&A

Easter holiday pop-up performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Victoria & Albert Museum

s4k va.jpgThis Easter we're helping the V&A celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday with pop-up performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The cut down, child-friendly adaptations feature the fairy king and queen Oberon and Titania who - with help from the mischievous Puck - retell the magical goings-on in the Athenian woods.

The shows run daily at the V&A from Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 April at 11.00, 1.00pm & 3.00pm.

CLICK HERE for more information from the V&A website.

Sensational final shows in Qatar

S4K's Macbeth ended its Gulf Tour with two sensational, packed out shows at the Al Rayann Theatre in Qatar.

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Here are the company taking their final bow from the morning show.

Packed houses raised the roof of the Al Rayann Theatre in Doha as The S4K Theatre Company brought down the curtain on its three-week Gulf tour of S4K's Macbeth.

The tour began in Oman in January - the company's first ever trip there. This was followed by a week's run at the Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC, Dubai; and shows at the Al Jaheli Theatre, Abu Dhabi; the Cultural Hall in Bahrain and finally at the Al Rayann Theatre in Qatar.

Producer Julian Chenery has decribed the production as "sensational" and particularly praised S4K favourite Noel Andrew Harron. "Over the years we have seen Noelly give some brilliantly, funny performances as Puck, Mercutio, The Porter and Caliban. But his Macbeth is outstanding. Bear in mind that only a few weeks ago, he was starring in the very same theatre as ... Pinocchio! It's a performance that cements his reputation as one of our country's finest stage actors."

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What they say about us:

S4K HAMLET: "I have seen many Hamlets over the years: among others, David Warner in 1965, Richard Chamberlain (anyone old enough to remember 'Doctor Kildare?), Alan Bates, Roger Reece, Julian Glover, Michael Mahoney, Mark Rylance, Derek Jacobi and Kenneth Branagh (As you can imagine, there have been some fine Gertrudes, Poloniuses - or should it be 'Polonii'? - and Ophelias as well); and I have taught the play to A-level and degree level. To be honest, I went along today with some apprehension. I am delighted to say that my misgivings were groundless - I was as enthralled as the children. My sincere thanks and congratulations to you all."