Gilbert benefit

Do you wish King Lear had a happy ending?

Do you wish Hamlet had a sense of humour?

Wishes do come true….

Join us for a unique exploration of the lighter side of alternative Shakespeare, culminating in a rehearsed reading of W. S. Gilbert’s (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) Hamlet spoof, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Before there was Stoppard, there was Gilbert…Those committed to appearing (subject to availability) include Edward Bennett, Matt Costain, Claire Price, Katy Stephens, Hannah Young and former Eastenders star Nicholas Bailey…with others to be announced.

Master of Ceremonies: Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute

STOP PRESS: The RSC has just announced that Edward Bennett will be starring as Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at the RST from October- March 2014-5. Come and see Edward in action on 16 February before he takes on these starring roles!

The programme also includes the “Dog Hamlet”, King Lear‘s happy ending, excerpts from Peter Flannery’s 1989 RSC play Singer and a raffle for prizes that include Hamlet’s Pooch, a bottle of vintage champagne and Daniel Rosenthal’s newly-published The National Theatre Story.

4pm. Sunday 16 February 2014. Shakespeare Institute, Mason Croft, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Tickets on the door: £10 minimum donation

Reservations and information: or 07986 715 438

For up-to-date announcements on the benefit: or @Gilbertbenefit

Putting the FUN back in fundraising!


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