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Anərkē Shakespeare

Anərkē Shakespeare creates innovative, fast-paced productions by an actor-led ensemble, without a director, inspired by the working conditions in which Shakespeare conceived his plays. Combining scholarship and creative practice, they offer a democratic response that effects diversity in casting, re-instates authority to actors, text and audience, and creates a living theatre that is “myriad-minded” and not restricted to the 19th century introduction of the singular vision of director-designer.


Transforming the way theatre is created and shared.

Past productions

Richard II

Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames

no director 

A feast of fine acting, and a revelatory
X-ray of the structure of the play...

Professor Richard Wilson, Kingston University

Richard II

University of Würzburg, Germany

no director 

Global Shakespeare Research

Considerably more convincing, striking and provocative than many artfully calibrated or outrageously daring instances of (German) directorial theatre.

Professor Zeno Ackermann, University of Würzburg

Richard II

Rose Playhouse, Bankside

no director 

The best Shakespeare performance that I have seen for years!!

audience response


Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon

St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch

no director 

It left my blood singing and my bones cold.

audience response

Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece

University of Amsterdam

June 2024

Bois de Vincennes

Paris, June 2024

Théâtre du Soleil

Paris, June 2024

Shakespeare Association of America

Portland, Oregon, April 2024

University of Erlangen

Germany, November 2023

University of Würzburg

Germany, November 2023

St. Paul's Church

Covent Garden, October 2023

Stratford-upon-Avon and Safeline

May 2023

Shakespeare's Coming Home Festival

Stratford-upon-Avon, March 2022

The Verona Fringe Festival

July 2021

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