Star Rating: ****
130 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JZ
Edinburgh Fringe Review Date: 11th August 2019
Shakespeare for Breakfast can be seen at the Edinburgh Fringe from 31st July – 26th August 2019, 10:00am (55 minutes). Tickets £7.50-£9.50 / concessions £5.50-£7.50 / under 18s £3.50-£5.50. Recommended 0+ age group.
Most people like to read the paper, watch TV or talk whilst having breakfast. 200+ plus hardy Fringe goers preferred to eschew a lie in and enjoy Shakespeare for Breakfast, not reading the play, but watching a 55 minute, lighthearted canter through one of the great bard’s lighter plays, ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Courtesy of the C Theatre team croissants and coffee were kindly laid on for the audience so it literally was Shakespeare for, or rather with breakfast.
A 10am start surely must make this the first show of the day. You may think a venue may struggle for an audience at that time, but that’s certainly not the case with this show as this was sold out.
As they told the story of star crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet I loved the running coffee shop and bread gags and how they shoehorned in so many pop song references including Wham! and The Police – the third reference to the band I’d seen at the Fringe – others included Me, Macbeth and I [Shakespeare again] by Clive Anderson and Milton Impossible: Milton Jones. There were also some fine topical Brexit material woven in to give it a further contemporary theme.
The 5 strong cast perform 20 roles between them. They included Roseanna Connolly, Emily Jane Kerr, Laura Beth Mortemore, John Oakes and Chris Thomson.
The production by the wonderful C Theatre crew, who also perform Dickens for Dinner (based on Oliver Twist) at the same venue, is great fun and a joy to watch. As with their other play it matters not to your enjoyment if you know the original story or not.
This is their 28th sell-out year at the Fringe and you can see why that is. This was funny, warm hearted entertaining slapstick with clear appeal to a wide audience age range. It was a pleasure to enjoy another family friendly show in a festival where clean cut entertainment seems to be at a premium.
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