SHAKE Festival

october, 2023

07oct(oct 7)12:00 am08(oct 8)11:59 pmSHAKE FestivalA wide range of talks, performance, comedy, music and sculpture!


Event Details

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th October 2023

SHAKE Festival, the celebration of Shakespeare which began in Halesworth in 2019, is moving to Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall this year for a fascinating weekend of talks, performance, comedy, music and sculpture!

Event tickets from £6 – £20

Weekend pass £90/£45 (21 and under) – Tickets are available HERE

Saturday pass £60/£30 (21 and under) – Tickets are available HERE

Sunday pass £40/£20 (21 and under) – Tickets are available HERE

This year’s line-up includes:


9.30-10.30am: Alde Valley Academy, Leiston – A performance of extracts from young Shakespeareans. £12/£6 TICKETS HERE

11.15am – 12.15pm: Professor Katherine Scheil of the University of Minnesota – The Women of Stratford Upon Avon. How women have helped shape ‘Shakespeare’s Stratford’ over the last three centuries. £15/£10 TICKETS HERE

12.45-1.45pm: Dame Janet Suzman – “A Squeaking Cleopatra? I don’t think so” – 50 mins talk plus Q&A.  £15/£10 TICKETS HERE

2.30-4.30pm: Alex Jennings and Laurence Edwards – The Actor and the Portrait: Spectacular performance, live sculpture and discussions (including interval). £15/£10 TICKETS HERE

5.15-6.30pm: Wendy Morgan in Mr & Mrs Macbeth – a new one woman tragedy commissioned specially for the festival. £15/£10 TICKETS HERE

8.00-9.00pm: Laura Wright in Songs & Sonnets – the dazzling TV soprano presents songs and spoken verses from Shakespeare. £20/£12 TICKETS HERE


9.30-10.30am: Jubilee Opera – the children’s opera company perform Benjamin Britten songs and William Shakespeare texts. £12/£6 TICKETS HERE

11.15am – 12.15pm: Sir Stanley Wells – What Was Shakespeare Really Like? The revered Shakespeare scholar presents excerpts from his latest book. £15/£10 TICKETS HERE

1.00-2.00pm: Annabel Arden – Shakespeare, Commedia & the Tradition of Play. The hilarious Italian style of comedy that so influenced the early modern theatre. £15/£10 TICKETS HERE

3.00-3.45pm: Bold & Saucy Wrongs – The Ipswich-based band perform their original songs based on Shakespeare’s characters. £15/£10 TICKETS HERE

4.30-5.30pm: Alan Cox & The School of Night – Alan Cox, Sean McCann and Adam Meggido dice with death in Shakespearean comedy improv. £15/£10 TICKETS HERE

Doors open 20 minutes before each performance

“inspiring and stimulating and utterly wonderful from start to finish”

“Do we have to wait a whole year for the next one?”


7 (Saturday) 12:00 am - 8 (Sunday) 11:59 pm