A collective of British and International artists who play to explore Shakespeare’s rehearsal & performance practices – especially those of stage-craft – exploring new tools for modern production & education.

A travelling Ensemble, they engage with communities around the world. As they tour, they create and re-create each show, listening to their environment, their audience, and each other.

In the summer of 2018 a group of artists met in Holyhead North Wales to raise an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in five days. The Dreame Project was free for all, used 16th century lute music, 5 metre tall Bunraku puppets, a deck of clowns, & the audience and Ensemble shared a locally foraged organic meal at the end.

In the autumn of 2019 the Shakespeare Ensemble toured Japan, raising three plays in three days. Using modern reworking of Elizabethan rehearsal practices, allowing resonances modern Kabuki practices, reimagining the plays with every pass.

photography by Matt Reznek, Kája Curtis, & the Ensemble

” The use of the space was marvelous. Striking adaptation of Shakespeare — so experimental, yet very traditional. What an unforgettable experience.”

audience member, tokyo