University of Leicester students prepare for an epic five-day Shakespeare Marathon

Posted by er134 at Jun 10, 2016 10:40 AM |
LUTheatre to perform complete works of Shakespeare back-to-back from 13 – 17 June

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 10 June 2016

Photo/ media opportunities available on Wednesday 15 June 10-1pm ‘Henry V’, 1-3pm ‘Julius Ceasar’, 3-5.15pm ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ outside the David Wilson Library, University of Leicester. Contact Max Barker, Publicity and Marketing Officer of LUT at: or on 07730 588 577 to arrange access

This spring marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 and in commemoration, Leicester University Theatre (LUT) is taking on the challenge of performing the complete works of Shakespeare back-to-back, 24 hours a day from Monday 13th – Friday 17th June.

The Shakespeare Marathon will take place outside the David Wilson Library on the University of Leicester campus and will feature 38.5 plays, 154 sonnets, two major poems and nine minor poems, finished off by a reading of Shakespeare's will.

Around 40 students will between them portray more than 1,100 characters over the course of five days and half of all proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society while the rest will go towards funding upcoming shows.

Izzy Woolrych, LUT Stage Manager at the University of Leicester, said: “We have been incredibly ambitious with this and are attempting to use tech, costumes, props and even staging throughout the week.

“An immense amount of time has already gone into preparation; compiling lists of everything that we'll need and making/sourcing props... not to mention the work involved during the marathon itself!

“We have chosen to support the Alzheimer's Society because of their amazing work to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most. Dementia is incredibly debilitating; affecting memory, thinking and sometimes language. It's not only difficult for those who are affected by dementia, but also their friends and families. Alzheimer's Society's belief that life doesn't end when dementia begins is an incredibly inspiring message that helps provide support and encouragement.”

Max Barker, Publicity and Marketing Officer at LUT added: “We’d also like to thank Nottingham Performing Arts Library Service who have provided scripts for 35 out of the 39 plays we will be performing during the marathon.”

Dr Roger Scoppie, Leicester University Theatre Manager, said: “There’s a popular perception that young people think Shakespeare is difficult. We’ve assembled a company of 40 young people who don’t think he’s difficult enough… So they want to do the impossible by performing his complete works, in the open air, non-stop. Shakespeare is easy; predicting the weather – that’s difficult …”

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For more information and to arrange media opportunities, contact Max Barker, Publicity and Marketing Officer of LUT at:

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