Northampton theatre to host premiere of Shakespeare’s ‘bloodiest show’

The Royal & Derngate in Northampton is to host the first performance of Spymonkey's The Complete Deaths, which will see the company perform all 74 of the onstage deaths in William Shakespeare's plays
The Royal & Derngate in Northampton is to host the first performance of Spymonkey's The Complete Deaths, which will see the company perform all 74 of the onstage deaths in William Shakespeare's plays

The Royal & Derngate in Northampton is to host the first performance of a new theatre production which will feature all 74 of the on-stage deaths in William Shakespeare’s plays.

Director Tim Crouch has teamed up with comedy company Spymonkey to create The Complete Deaths - featuring every death from the farcical to the tragic in the playwright’s collection.

The two-hour show will feature the range of deaths including the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John.

The Complete Deaths will open in Northampton in May 2016 before moving to Brighton.

Talking to The Times, Mr Crouch said, despite the large amount of deaths, it would still be a “funny” show.

He said: “It feels pretty Shakespearean in the modern world with beheadings and random acts of violence.

“There is some extraordinarily exquisite stuff; the smothering of Desdemona, Cleopatra putting an asp to her breast, Brutus asking each of the men in Julius Caesar if they will hold a sword while he runs on to it.”