Preview: Shakespeare Comedy Theatre Festival

Posted on 16 March, 2017 by Team Wishberry

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William Shakespeare was the King of tragedies, and even comedies. And there are many, many adaptations and interpretations of his work. But, how would you react if Shakespearean plays are performed by clowns, as clowns? Interesting, isn’t it?

Rajat Kapoor brings us the exact same thing. Four Shakespearean plays interpreted from a 'clown' perspective. These adaptations also mean that these plays are going to be incredibly funny. And hell, the world needs some comedy right now. We have enough tragedies in real life, anyway.

So here is a look at Shakespeare Comedy Theatre Festival which is touring the country with four plays: Nothing Like Lear, I Don’t Like It As You Like It, Macbeth - What is Done is Done, and Hamlet - The Clown Prince.

Nothing Like Lear

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Directed by - Rajat Kapoor

Cast - Vinay Pathak

Ever thought what a clown does when he is depressed? It, sure, is tough being a clown. Here is one who hasn't stopped crying for days and boy does he have plenty of reasons. The one he loved most has left him and gone away, for good. Now he has nothing. Also, he isn't getting any younger. In fact he is old. But more than anything else, he is sad because he has been forced to perform this play. No wonder he is depressed!

I Don’t Like It As You Like It

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Directed by – Rajat Kapoor

Cast – Vinay Pathak, Cyrus Sahukar, Aadar Malik, Joy Fernandes, Faezeh Jalali & Shruti Vyas.

A troupe of clowns has not been doing too well lately. Combined with the downhill box financial status, the relationships of the clowns is all messed up. Nobody can stand anybody else in the troupe really. They keep fighting, couples go through their own broken relationships and amidst all of this, the director tries to put up another Shakespeare play. To make matters even worse, he decides that the men will play women and women, men. The troupe rebels. But in spite of all their fears, and doubts, they do manage to put up a show eventually, and in the process they discover something new about themselves.

Macbeth - What Is Done Is Done

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Directed by - Rajat Kapoor

Cast – Kalki Kochlien / Mansi Multani, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Jim Sarbh, Tillottama Shome, Sheena Khalid, Sujay Saple, Suraj Tomer, Waris Ahmed, Jashvender Chauhan & Chandrachoor Rai.

Once again the clowns draw us to the world of Macky B and his Lady. The righteous Macky B is a good man, brave soldier, loyal friend and he would have been the same perhaps, if he didn't meet those three weird sisters that night! He would have been happier. Sometimes it is better to not know what is in store for us. Sometimes, all you need is a little push to the other side.

Hamlet - The Clown Prince

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Directed by - Rajat Kapoor

Cast – Vinay Pathak, Rachel D’souza / Kalki Koechlin, Sujay Saple, Neil Bhoopalam, Puja Sarup & Namit Das/Aadar Malik.

A bunch of clowns are putting up a show of Hamlet, they sometimes misinterpret the text, sometimes find new meanings in it, sometimes try and understand it, very often make a mess of it. They chose to use some phrases from the play and mixed it with gibberish. They even edited the text, threw out some important scenes, and made a mess of the order of things as if the pages got mixed up. But through this all they were simply looking for the essence of Hamlet, and trying to find a context in our own times.

We are going to be there when the Festival comes to Mumbai this weekend. We hope to see you there!

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