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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Undead Bard Programme

Because of lead times for printing, programmes for my shows are often a bit vague and/or wrong. He's the programme information for Undead Bard - running at Theatre N16 till Thursday 13th October 7.30pm

Milk Bottle Productions Presents
Undead Bard
Written, Performed and Produced by Robert Crighton

Pre-Show Audio Work: To Be Or Not 
An audio piece where the most famous speech in Shakespeare is pulled apart by automated translation programs from online.

The Shakespeare Delusion
First performed in 2012, The Shakespeare Delusion has gone through a number of adjustments and changes - though directed by Robert, it has been adjusted by many kind souls - and special credit must be given for numerous notes given by Colin Watkeys prior to performance at the Face to Face Festival in 2014.

Interval Audio Work:  If You Like It
A soundscape where the never ended cycle of recommendations for Shakespeare becomes a hall of mirrors.

Shakespeare: The Ever Living!
The original music for this production was composed and recorded by Jack Lawson

Additional Online Material

The Missing Years - Online Audio
A cut section from The Shakespeare Delusion that's a lovely little nugget of nonsense. Listen here.

Historic Crimes - Online Audio
Recorded in 2014, Historic Crimes is now available to listen again online at YouTube or Audioboom
PHILIPPA TATHAM as SYLVIASpecial thanks to Peter Morris for the recording of that show.

Lighting and Sound Design by Robert Crighton, with the technical teams at each venue
Lighting and Sound Operation - Stephanie Withers
Publicity - Chris Hislop
Website tended by Keith Atkinson
Thanks go to everyone who've helped make these projects happen over the years - at venues as diverse as the Guildhall in Lavenham, the Quay Theatre, the LOST Theatre and finally Theatre N16.  Thanks to Sharon Buckler, Joe Fawcett, Simon Frampton, Jamie Eastlake and Tom Burgess.
Special thanks goes to my patrons, who have all helped make this and other shows happen.

Final thanks go to Philippa Tatham, who starred in Historic Crimes, and who left us far too early.  This show is dedicated to her memory.


Also Available - the Undead Bard playscript
The book features - full text of The Shakespeare Delusion, Historic Crimes, Shakespeare: The Ever Living, plus introductory notes, outlines of short pieces and deleted material. Available online at £9.99 plus p&p

Official Blurb for the Show...
Shakespeare is dead, but he just won’t stop talking.  His words are immortal, but they keep changing.  Award-winning writer and performer Robert Crighton explores the current boom in Shakespeare and how everything is now devoted to his holy name.  Undead Bard is an unholy smorgasbord of play, comedy, and music, pulling apart Shakespeare, Bardolatry, and the modern world, for your pleasure.
More details about the show and online podcasts on the Undead Bard at

Audience Comments for earlier ‘Undead Bard’ show ‘The Shakespeare Delusion’ (2014):  “Fabulous production... Just recovering from high octane performance of @RobertCrighton The Shakespeare Delusion #immense...  I SO knew where The Shakespeare Delusion was going - & I was SO wrong!!! Chekhov meets Berkoff as performed by Stephen Fry.”

Performing at Theatre N16 - Sunday 2nd October to Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm
Matinees on Sunday 2nd & Saturday 8th at 3pm
Tickets £12 / 10 concessions –
Theatre N16, The Bedford, 77 Bedford HillSW12 9HD -

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