Based on texts by William Shakespeare. Rui Madeira, director of Coriolanus | María Barcala and Xúlio Lago, directors of Julius Caesar | Sara Rey, director of Antonio and Cleopatra | Quico Cadaval, director of Titus Andronicus
Shakespeare is a figure of universal drama that every public theatre has the duty to revisit and include in its repertoire from time to time.
In his prolific oeuvre, he approached the classical world on four occasions with the texts Titus Andronicus (1594), Julius Caesar (1599), Antony and Cleopatra (1607) and Corollianus (1609). Four plays in which the author sets the action in the Roman Empire in order to reflect on power from his own time.
Shakespeare in Rome was created as an opportunity to unite three moments in history: the present, the Elizabethan period and Classical Rome through war, violence and the struggle for power that guide the destiny of the characters.
Four directors will stage distilled versions of the four plays through the eyes of four playwrights. Versions condensed into 35 minutes with which to share with today's audiences the rewriting of Shakespearean texts with a focus on some of the secondary characters present in the originals.
The four pieces will be staged in the Salón Noble de Fonseca at the University of Santiago de Compostela to bring the audience closer to the Elizabethan atmosphere in which the originals were written. A stage play in which eight performers will give life to the different characters in a close-up staging. Theatre in the here and now, the co-presence in the space of audience and performers staring at each other.