Reviewer: Jon Wainwright The rear wall of a bare black stage is hung with banners of white cloth daubed with black paint, abstract symbols of the autocratic power of Theseus, duke of Athens. The two noble kinsmen, Palamon and Arcite, are his prisoners, and the best of friends until they see a beautiful young woman in the courtyard below their [...]

The Two Noble Kinsmen review – LondonGrip.

Victorian essayist Thomas de Quincey described it as “perhaps the most superb work in the language”.  More recently, scholar Paul Edmonson in his new, highly readable introduction to Shakespeare says the play is “as innovative as anything Shakespeare ever produced”. But for centuries, the consensus view was that The Two Noble Kinsmen was a weak collaboration that should never be [...]

Everythingtheatre – 4 stars.   Tucked away in the quiet White Bear Theatre, Instant Classics have revived Shakespeare’s oft neglected work, The Two Noble Kinsmen. One of his lesser known plays, I must admit that I was a little dubious of the portrayal, having sat through one or two overly pretentious small productions of the bard’s work in my time. [...]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

Instant Classics presents   The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher   First major London production since 2000   ‘Perhaps the most superb work in the language’  Thomas de Quincey   The award-winning Instant Classics Theatre Company return to the White Bear with Shakespeare’s most rarely-performed play, part of the theatre’s Lost Classics season.  For many Shakespearean [...]

Guardian review

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Silent Partners – Casting

Silent Partners – Cast Breakdown Instant Classics will be presenting Silent Partners by Charles Marowitz at the White Bear Theatre between June 25 – July 20. This production received the Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award at last year’s Peter Brook Empty Space Awards. Silent Partners is based on The Brecht Memoir by Eric Bentley, and tells the story of its [...]

Silent Partners – crowdfunding

Here’s the link for the crowdfunding page for Silent Partners.  See more information about the production, watch director David Cottis talking about it, and, if you feel so inclined, give some money to help it happen:

Instant Classics wins Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award

Instant Classics and the White Bear Theatre were this year’s winners of the Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award at the Peter Brook Empty Space Awards, held at the National Theatre Studio. The award is given to an unfounded company to enable them to produce a show for which they would otherwise be unable to afford theatre rental, and is given [...]

New Website

The first piece of news is our new website – what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.