19 Apr

The Hague Shakespeare Fringe Weekend

The Hague will host a Shakespeare Fringe weekend from 19 to 22 April in Het Paradijs studio theatre of the Koninklijke Schouwburg. Two productions, ‘Cry Havoc’ and ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’, will showcase Shakespeare in unexpected ways.

Cry Havoc

Cry Havoc is the personal story of war veteran Stephan Wolfert, interweaving his own story of reintegrating after military service and suffering PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) with Shakespeare's timeless verse. He suggests that the military ‘wires’ young recruits for war at a psychologically malleable age, but neglects to re-wire them for their return to society. A thought-provoking and shockingly funny evening. After the show there will be an opportunity to discuss the performance and the themes it addresses with Stephan Wolfert.

Performances are at 20.30 hrs. on Thursday, 19 April, Friday, 20 April and Saturday, 21 April.

A Midsummer's Night Dream 

Highly-acclaimed London based youth-theatre company Infinite Jest brings their imaginative and creative production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Hague’s Shakespeare Fringe weekend. Shakespeare's well-loved tale is presented with an emphasis on its appeal to children (aged 5 and above). The company uses live music and puppetry alongside the text to convey the magic of the collision between the world of men and the parallel world of fairies in the forests of ancient Athens. 

Performances are at 15.00 hrs. on Saturday, 21 April and Sunday, 22 April.

Interactive Shakespeare workshop

Infinite Jest will provide a 45-minute Shakespeare workshop for children between 5 and 12 years. Children will get a basic understanding of the storyline and characters in a fun and playful way. The workshop costs € 5.00 and will be held at 14.00 hrs. on Saturday, 21 April.

Video installation

The Hague-based art platform Theatre of Wrong Decisions will present an ongoing video installation in the Koninklijke Schouwburg, in cooperation with STET for the duration of the festival. The short video productions critically responding to highly controversial and sensitive issues in today’s world.

More info

The Hague Shakespeare Fringe Weekend takes place from Thursday, 19 April to Sunday, 22 April in the Koninklijke Schouwburg (Korte Voorhout 3) in The Hague.

Tickets for Cry Havoc cost € 24.50 for adults and € 12.50 for students, children under 12 years and holders of a CJP pass. Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream cost € 17.50 for adults and € 9.50 for students, children under 12 years and holders of a CJP pass.

Tickets can be booked online in the STET Ticket Shop.

More information about the show can be found at www.theenglishtheatre.nl.