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Square Chapel Arts Centre, Harrogate Theatre, Greenwich Theatre and York Theatre Royal present

Outrageous Fortune by Debs Newbold

Thu 16 May, 7:45pm at York Theatre Royal

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions)


A mature, experienced woman whose power and intelligence is ridiculed by the men around her. In the 400 years since Hamlet was written, what – if anything – has changed?

Welcome to purgatory. Where everything we know about Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, is torn apart, reimagined and reclaimed for the 21st century in a funny, fierce and joyful act of revolution. There’ll be tea. There’ll be a visit from Joan of Arc. There’ll be a live drum score.

Fusing original narrative and Shakespearian verse with bold physicality and cacophonous sound, award-winning performance storyteller Debs Newbold places Shakespeare’s iconic text under a modern-day lens to offer an alternative perspective; putting a woman front and centre in this notorious story of male revenge.

This is an exclusive opportunity for audiences see the work at a unique stage in its development and enjoy a Q&A with the creative team, before it is redeveloped for a national tour later in the year.

“The best storyteller in all the kingdoms…an incredible and rare talent” – Becky Burchell, Producer, Bestival

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A collaboration between award-winning performance storyteller Debs Newbold, internationally renowned director/clowning expert John Wright (Told by an Idiot) and music producer, DJ and experimental kit drummer Luke Harney (aka Typesun)

A Square Chapel Arts Centre Production, in association with Harrogate Theatre, Greenwich Theatre and York Theatre Royal