Weekend Shakespeare plays at Spinningfields

Shakespeare actors board the Metrolink to set the scene for weekend plays at Spinningfields.

By Matthew Tyas | 15 July 2014

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On Tuesday 15th July, a number of pop-up Shakespeare performances will be taking place on the East Didsbury tramline heading from Chorlton to Manchester City Centre and back again.


Surprising Metrolink passengers, from 9.30am-11am, actors will be delivering famous Shakespeare monologues and speeches, dressed in traditional Tudor costumes to crowds of Manchester commuters.

‘Is this a Shakespeare performance I see before me?’

In addition to the light-hearted theatrics, Metrolink customers will have the chance to win two tickets to a performance, by tweeting the @MCRMetrolink Twitter handle alongside an image of the thespians performing on the Metrolink, including the hash tag #AllAbard

The series of impromptu performances are in support of the upcoming outdoor Shakespeare plays performed by the GB Theatre Company, taking place on 18-20th July at The Lawns, Spinningfields.

Two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, tragedy Macbeth and comedy The Comedy of Errors will be performed, with Macbeth taking place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July and The Comedy of Errors on Friday 18th and a matinee performance on Sunday 20th. Tickets cost £18 for adults and £14 for OAP’s and children (under 16), with performances starting at 7.30pm in the evening and 2.30pm for the matinee.

Founded in 2010, GB Theatre Company produces some of the country’s most spectacular open air theatre. Bringing classic plays to audiences around the UK and Europe, it has quickly gained an excellent reputation for staging outstanding drama. This is the first time the company will have included Manchester within its tour, with The Lawns at Spinningfields providing the perfect venue, with a space for up to 400 theatre goers.

The cast for both performances includes sister of Kenneth Branagh, Joyce Branagh as Lady Macbeth, alongside Mia Keadell, Aonghus Weber and Jenny Johns to name but a few.