[Press & Publications] ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL


May 2000

No 94

PHOTOCALL: WORLD RECORD SHAKESPEARE MARATHON ENDS AT 3.30PM, FRIDAY MAY 5, UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

An intrepid troupe of actors from the University of Leicester is fast approaching 3.30pm on Friday May 5 when their world-record breaking, non-stop Shakespeare Marathon comes to a triumphant end.

The appointed hour will come with a mixture of exhilaration and blessed relief for Henry Warren and Ian Rushton, who have taken part in each of the great author’s forty plays.

Henry, from Blisworth in Northamptonshire, and Ian, from Preston in Lancashire, have grabbed sleep wherever and whenever possible – usually in the Students’ Union and oblivious to the hustle and bustle of University life carrying on around them.

Intended as a means of raising funds to take a production of As You Like It to Shakespeare Youth 2000 in Vilnius in the summer, the students began their efforts early on Monday morning and have continued on ever since – night and day, come rain or shine.

Acted out on a makeshift stage and coloured by borrowed costumes, the Bard’s masterpieces have been transported into cyberspace by webcam and as the end fast approaches this promises to be a fantastic achievement that lives long in the memory of onlookers and participants alike.

Shakespeare factfile:

  • There are 111, 424 lines in Shakespeare’s plays.
  • The longest of Shakespeare’s plays is Hamlet, with 3931 lines. The shortest is The Comedy of Errors, with 1778.
  • The play with the largest number of speaking parts is Henry VI part 2, which has 65 characters.
  • Odd props: Shakespeare’s plays require some out-of-the-ordinary props. Apart from an Asses Head (Midsummer Night’s Dream), and a bear (famous stage direction from The Winter’s Tale: “Exit pursued by bear”) the plays require:

  • Numerous severed heads
  • A body without a head (Cymbeline)
  • A dog (Two Gentlemen of Verona)
  • A basket of asps (Anthony and Cleopatra)
  • NOTE TO NEWSDESK/PIX DESKS:

    Please be in position by 3.15pm for the ending of the Shakespeare Marathon, scheduled for 3.30pm on Friday May 5. The performers are outside the Students’ Union Building, University of Leicester. Parking is available at Gate Number 1.

    For more information ring 0779 016 4773.


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