Come Dine with Mr Shakespeare

Date:Tue 23 Jul
Time:8.30pm
Venue:J2
Price:£8 | £6 (cons)

by Julia Bolden, presented by Roo Theatre Company

Reality TV lurches onto the stage with four familiar Shakespearean characters competing for 1,000 gold crowns in an extreme version of a popular cookery show.

Cambridge writer Julia Bolden was inspired to create this Bard-meets-popular-culture extravaganza after appearing as a Come Dine with Me contestant in a Cambridge episode (first televised - January 2016).

In this version, fan of excess music, Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night), Cordelia (King Lear’s snubbed former favourite daughter), lecherous Petruchio (renowned tamer of small wild animals) and the nefarious Lady Macbeth, each host a dinner party for the other three.

The kitchen capers of this volatile collection of unhinged individuals result in an inevitable mix of triumphs and disasters, for which they award each other scores. Elements of their native plays are interwoven to comic and tragic effect. But who will ultimately be declared the winner and how will they celebrate their victory?

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Julia Bolden has had three previous plays performed at The Edinburgh Fringe (The Power and the Purpose, Adele, and Venus & Mars & Other Myths of Mr & Ms). In the past few years, she has had more than 40 short pieces staged in Cambridge (mainly by WRiTEON). Last July, Alternate Slices (in which two parallel realities co-exist in one room) enjoyed a week’s run at The Corpus Playroom, Cambridge.

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Get a taste of the Edinburgh Fringe on your doorstep. Cambridge Junction’s annual festival of Fringe previews returns, with a mixture of work by visiting artists and members of our artist network Troop. Each evening is a double-bill of full-length work from serious to not so serious theatre, to aerial work, to comedy cabaret.

Tickets are £8 | £6 (cons) per show, or £12 | (£10 cons) if you book for both shows in the same evening!

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