A Sad Loss


Many members of Shakespeare Live attended the funeral of Sue Corbishley on Thursday 17th August to bid farewell to a much-loved and long standing member of the group. On a sad day it was heartwarming to see so many members of the group at the service, crematorium and wake. The support for Sue from family, friends and colleagues was immense and a fitting testimony to how well-loved she was in life.

Sue never sought the limelight but she loved to get involved and her cheerful and upbeat presence is something we will all remember with great fondness. Both of her sons, Tom and Ed, have acted with Shakespeare Live as well as giving their support in roles such as Front of House over many years. The sympathy and support of all the company goes out to them and to Sue's husband Greg.

As the photographs show, the funeral flowers included a bouquet from all of us in memory of our dear friend and fellow actor - Sue will be sadly missed.

A Happy Partnership

In line with Shakespeare Live’s stated aims of involving young people in our productions, we are delighted to announce that we will be working very closely with the FitzGraham Academy of Dance for our summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
FitzGraham Academy of Dance is a centre of excellence where students are encouraged to be creative and develop their own individuality, style and sense of performance, whilst establishing a firm technique in classical ballet, modern, tap, contemporary and musical theatre. The Academy offers classes for children from 18 months to 18 years and is based in Chippenham. Website: www.fitzgraham.co.uk Principal: Rebecca Petty-Fitzmaurice 07787 517209.
Director, Rod Moor-Bardell said, “I am very excited at the prospect of involving such talented dancers in the production. The opportunity to create something visually magical, with high calibre dancers working alongside our actors in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, means that we can develop a show that will be both stunning and enchanting.”

A Donation to Swift Medics

20160522 122703 resizedOne Sunday in June we interrupted our rehearsals for 'The Tempest' at Lackham House near Lacock  in order to present £1,000 to Swift Medics.

Dr Ed Valentine and Dr Scott Grier explained to the assembled cast and crew that Swift Medics is a registered charity that equips and trains doctors in Wiltshire, Swindon and Bristol to attend serious and significant incidents for South Western Ambulance Trust. They are called out to over 200 medical emergencies a year involving around 300 patients, each attendance costing on average £75. All Swift Medics' funding comes from public donations.

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Shakespeare Live trustees Annie Rose and David Morrell, together with the director of last year's 'The Taming of the Shrew', Pat Cannings, are shown handing over the cheque.

Another Spell on the Radio

radio1April 2016: As well as doing six mini performances, rehearsing for 'The Tempest' and presenting a cheque to Wilts Air Ambulance, we also had two more spells on the local Radio and several of our members went to Lacock School to give the children there an introduction to Shakespeare as part of the 400th year Celebration of Shakespeare's Death.

If you didn't hear us live on the radio you can take a listen online:

To catch up with some of our cast from 'Shakespeare Shorts' performing on BBC Radio Wiltshire, on Friday 22nd April, with snippets from King Lear, plus advertising Shakespeare Shorts and The Tempest, click here. Our bit starts at about an 1hr and 12 minutes in. 

We were also invited to feature on KiKRadio Corsham's local radio station, which was fantastic. We will share the radio link when their podcast is up and available for last week.

Donation Presentation and a Busy Weekend

present2We were very pleased to be able to present the sizeable amount of £500 to Dennis Davies of Wiltshire Air Ambulance during our second rehearsal of 'The Tempest' last Sunday at Wiltshire College, Lackham House. Surrounded by some of the cast and crew membgers of this years show, the cheque was presented by Graham Paton, who will lead the company as Prospero in this summers performance. 


The photo shows Graham Paton presenting the cheque to Mr Davies.

BBC Radio Wiltshire

If you didn't get a chance to catch our radio interview with Marie Lennon, live on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Monday 21st March, then you can catch up with it here: Just skip to 1hr 13mins and again to 1hr 28mins...

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This years Director Gill Morrell, along with long standing members Graham Paton and Penny Clegg went along to Longleat, as part of the National Project called Shakespeare in Performance starting on 21st March, and got an amazing chance to talk about Shakespeare, the challenges of doing Theatre outdoors as well as performed a couple of extracts. 

Donations to Charity

TfaC presentation1Once again we have been able to donate a sizeable amount of money from our 2016 shows at Lackham in July and at Stratford upon Avon in August and October to charities. 
This has already included £300 to the Six-Ex Mini Club, who organise the car parking at Lackham and who raise money for the SW Children's Hospice, and help for a group of students from Hardenhuish School who were taking a show to Edinburgh in August.
At our recent AGM, members of Shakespeare Live voted on a list of proposed charities, and we will be giving substantial amounts to Swift Medics and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. A donation of £100 was also agreed to London-based charity Theatre for a Change, who use

Charitable Donation 2015

BobbyVan chequeShakespeare Live members know that whenever our funds allow we are delighted to be able to make donations to charities from the proceeds of our shows. So it was with great pleasure that we started the rehearsal period for this year's show by presenting a cheque for £500 to Wiltshire's Bobby Van Trust, a donation agreed by the membership from the proceeds of last year's successful production of Macbeth.

The Bobby Van provides invaluable practical assistance to elderly and vulnerable victims of crime

Fantastic News for 2015

The 2015 season sees Shakespeare Live on a high. Not only was the public benefit of our activities recognised last year with the award of charitable status but also a new contract with Lackham College agreed for another year.

A bright start to 2014

As Shakespeare Live embarks on its 26th year of great outdoor Shakespeare we are starting the new season on a high.

We are delighted to inform our members and friends that, following a rigorous application process, the Charity Commission has awarded the company charitable status. This status recognises the benefits Shakespeare Live brings both for our members and for the community to which we belong. Our stated aims as a charity are: