Fringe twist on Shakespeare

David Upton

Three Shakespearean plays are given a modern twist by bringing in social media, reality television, Tinder and gaming at this year's Greater Manchester Fringe.

In MadBeth, July 9 to 12 at the King's Arms Salford, Beth (Chloe McLaughlin) is just one step away from fame as a friend of Donna Duncan, the Queen of reality television. Rather than battling over a kingship, they want the most likes and followers.

Following the sold out run of Twelfth Night at last year's Manchester Fringe Festival, Lowhurst Productions returns with Much Ado About Nothing at Salford Arts Theatre, July 26 and 27.

This production features talent drawn from the Royal Exchange and Royal Northern College of Music youth programmes, as well as Xvarian and Loretto Colleges—and Shakespeare's iconic characters meet on Tinder.

Armed with a ukulele, Edward Day is bringing Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC to the King's Arms in Salford, July 24 to 26.