Shaking up the Bard with modern settings

Finding the Will presents Bard Heads.
Finding the Will presents Bard Heads.

A performance of William Shakespeare – but not as you have ever seen it before – comes to a north Northumberland village this month.

Finding the Will presents Bard Heads – Dog, Book and Scandal and The Queen’s Speech on Saturday, April 25, at 7.30pm in Whittingham Memorial Institute.

Finding the Will is shaking up Shakespeare, giving him a modern-day setting and bringing him to Whittingham with a double bill of beautifully written plays that take an up-to-date look at what might have happened next to some of the Bard’s much-loved characters.

One year after the untimely deaths of Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence questions his faith and the part he played in their star-crossed tragedy in Dog, Book and Scandal.

He is friendless save for a scruffy dog and an aging atheist apothecary with personal hygiene issues.

At the end of The Tempest, Miranda left Prospero’s island, an innocent young 15-year-old.

Now, in The Queen’s Speech, 35 years later, the Queen of Naples is in trouble and yearning for sun, sea, sand and ...!

Bard Heads is touring to Whittingham with the Highlights Touring Scheme.

It is an ‘electrifying one-to-one between each character and the audience’, written and performed by Jules Hobbs and Richard Curnow.

Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and Alan Bennett, Bard Heads will make audiences laugh, cry and wonder as they explore the full gamut of human emotions and remind us that Shakespeare wrote great stores that are still relevant today.

It has been written so that it can be understood and enjoyed without knowledge of the parent plays and is for ages 12 and up.

Tickets for the performance at Whittingham Memorial Institute on Saturday, April 25, at 7.30pm cost £8, £7 concessions, £4 child or £18 for a family.

To book tickets, contact 01665 574964 or go online to