William Shakespeare isn’t having the best day. Brought forth to face four of his own famous characters, he is forced to defend his own works as MacBeth, Iago, Hamlet and Juliet challenge him to write in a more modern, easily digestible way, arguing that his once-brilliant plays are now irrelevant because no one understands them anymore. An hilarious two-man play, Shakespeare on Trial puts the boots to the notion that the Bard is dull — and proves that he is not!
About Jeremy Webb
Jeremy Webb is a British man, but please don’t hold that against him! He moved to Canada, from his native UK, to settle in the Maritimes in 1998. He grew up in Cambridge and trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 2009, he founded Off The Leash
Most recent Canadian stage appearances include ‘Beowulf’ in Beowulf (Two Planks & A passion), ‘The Wizard’ in The Wizard of Oz and ‘Friar Laurence’ in Romeo & Juliet (Neptune Theatre, Halifax, 2010), ‘Milo Tindle’ in Sleuth (Festival Antigonish, 2010), ‘Duncan’ and ‘The Porter’ in MacBeth (Shakespeare By The Sea, 2009) ‘Iago’ in Othello (2008), ‘Peter Quince’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Maurice’ in Beauty & The Beast (Silvermist Productions, Niagara Falls) and ‘Cogsworth’ in Neptune Theatre’s long-running Beauty and The Beast. He appeared in Neptune Theatre’s The Producers and understudied Steve Ross in the lead role of ‘Max Biallystock.’
He has also appeared in There Is A Land of Pure Delight (Live Bait Theatre, NB), Oliver, Annie, One For The Pot, Sleeping Beauty, Sylvia, Scrooge, What The Butler Saw, The Government Inspector, A Christmas Carol, Blood Brothers, and Rumors (all for Neptune.) He played Bill Sykes in Oliver in 2001. He also appeared in the Canadian premiere of Humble Boy, in the title role ‘Felix Humble’ and starred in the two-hander plays Stones In His Pockets and The Woman In Black.
In Canada, he directed (and wrote) Pinocchio (for Shakespeare By The Sea), Urinetown, Blue Remembered Hills, The Wizard of Oz, A Streetcar Named Desire, Animal Farm, The Farm Show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Liar, Joseph, Grease, Godspell, The Wind In The Willows, and I Do! I Do!, Double Double, Les Miserables, The Hobbit and Oliver. Webb also starred in the hard-hitting one-man play Maelstrom at Festival Antigonish in 2003. He has been Artistic Director of Halifax’s The Multicultural Festival and Elsinore Theatre Company.
In 1999 he founded Halifax’s Improv Knights comedy team that played nearly every NS venue during their seven-year run. He was the voice of Ms. Grumply in Olliver’s Adventures and Evil Schmeevil in Evil Schmeevil, both for Teletoon. He played the evil “Mr. Crowe” in two seasons of CBC’s Pit Pony and appeared in Salter Street’s Lexx, Global’s Blackfly, The Conclave, Bad Day Good Day Bad Day, and Blessed Stranger – After Flight 111, Shattered City, and numerous TV and radio commercials. He appeared regularly on CBC Radio as ‘Simon St.John Crisp,’ an inept faux BBC/CBC reporter.
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