Derry actor Keith Lynch bringing epic Shakespeare to city

Keith Lynch as Hamlet.
Keith Lynch as Hamlet.

Derry actor Keith Lynch has said he is looking forward to bringing the entire works of Shakespeare to the stage in his native Derry.

The 30-year-old Waterside man will be starring in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield at the Waterside Theatre on Friday, October 7.

Keith and fellow actors onstage.

Keith and fellow actors onstage.

The bawdy Elizabethan production will see Keith and his fellow actors Gerard McCabe and Michael Patrick ploughing through all 37 plays in the Shakespearean canon.

“There are 37 plays in 97 minutes; it’s a sweaty show,” he laughs.

“The whole premise of the show is it’s quite fast, there are a lot of costumes, a lot of prop manipulation, chopping and changes.

“The show was written back in the 80s and staged by the Reduced Shakespeare Company and was in the West End for about 10 years.

Keith Lynch pictured on stage.

Keith Lynch pictured on stage.

“With this year being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death it was just the time to pull it out and it is very in-keeping with the theatre company Bruiser’s style.

“It has been going down a storm. The last shows in the MAC in Belfast were a complete sell out, and there have been some great reviews.”

Keith said that Shakespeare is something most people can relate to on some level.

“Everyone somewhere has had some sort of connection with Shakespeare. Most people have done it at some point in school and would know bits and pieces.

“If you know your Shakespeare it is a clever show and if you don’t, it’s an introduction.

“There’s three of us and there’s only three actors covering everything, playing all characters, from Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, to Titus Andronicus.

Keith said he is excited about bringing the show- which is touring across the north at present- back home.

“With Derry audiences they love the craic and this is the perfect show for that,” he said. “We have put our own ‘Norn Iron’ spin on it as well.”

Keith started his acting career with Millennium Forum Youth Theatre Productions, and has done a lot of work with local company Blue Eagle Productions.

In fact, he will be back in Derry soon with another Blue Eagle show entitled ‘Divided by History, United by Music’ which will be staged at the Millennium Forum on November 10.

And he will also be back in Derry over Christmas in the Forum’s panto Cinderella, playing one of the ugly sisters.

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