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The Bard Bites Back

The Bard Bites Back

Start Date: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 2:00pm
End Date: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9:15am


The Bard Bites Back by David James and Graham Pitts
Comedy starring Shakespeare’s ghost to perform in the NVVM

A music comedy featuring William Shakespeare’s ghost, The Bard Bites Back, will appear at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum. The play is fresh from successful seasons at Castlemaine and Melbourne.

The play features jazz settings of Shakespeare’s songs and text, some re-interpretations of Shakespearean speeches and comic skits. Shakespeare returns to set the record straight about his authorship of the plays and to remind the living about what really matters.

The play has an outstanding cast, including Andrew Gray as William Shakespeare, and, in multiple comic roles, Annie Stanford and Adrian Mulraney. Stanford and Mulraney will also perform some famous Shakespearean speeches. The music will be performed by vocalist Lisa Jacques, accompanied by the Macduff Jazz Quartet.

Playwright and Composer James says Shakespeare has been waiting over 400 years to return to make a few points. “He wants to establish that, yes, it was he who wrote the plays – and no-one else. He wants to tell the story of his life in the theatre. And he reveals glimpses of his two after-lives: the shadowy world beyond the grave and his after-life here on Earth, where the Shakespearean tradition has become the greatest theatrical lineage ever.” James worked on the play with the legendary Australian playwright Graham Pitts. The producer and director is Wolf Heidecker.

Gray, who plays Shakespeare, says he finds it fascinating to perform the greatest playwright the world has ever known. “The tradition that Shakespeare created is the greatest in the history of theatre. It stretches from Richard Burbage to Edmund Kean to Sir Laurence Olivier to modern greats such as Kenneth Branagh.

“We have quite a lot of fun with some of the stranger academic theories, but above all, we show how the Bard would have us prize life itself.”

The Bard Bites Back will have a matinee and evening performance at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Saturday May 20th, 2017. Matinee at 2pm. Evening performance 7pm.

Tickets: $35 or $30 concession.

David James, Playwright and musical director: 0439 656 322 E:

Production Company, Many Moons Group Inc