The Queen, Shakespeare and Me : Dunedin Fringe Festival

The Queen, Shakespeare and Me


Comedy Cabaret Digital/Online

What did the Queen get up to in her private life, and where does Shakespeare and moral philosophy fit in?

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This affectionate musical comedy is a tribute to a thoroughly modern, fully empowered female role model – a woman who headed up a country and united a commonwealth for more than 70 years, earning respect, admiration and affection from around the world.

From the vantage point of her final year, we see how this colourful lady head of state defined the postwar era. In this show, Carole Shaw reflects on Her Majesty’s long life and reveals her ‘all’ to her people – her undying love for her corgis, the men in her life, her singlehanded success at forging peace processes, her secret passion for motorbikes … with a surprise ‘coming out’ at 96. "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety."

You are regally commanded to join Her Majesty for tea, free cake and biscuits, and a gracious glimpse into hitherto unseen aspects of her life – with audience participation, SingalongaLiz, some Shakespeare and a quiz. We may mourn her passing and the end of an era, but Her Majesty would not have wished us to be miserable. Don't miss the UK’s answer to Hannah Gadsby and Mrs Maisel! Handbag – the regal older lady’s Fleabag!

★★★ “A solid, warm performance with delightfully silly moments” - The Reviews Hub

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All Ages
Content Warning

Audience participation


Dunedin Fringe Online Venue

Dunedin City Library, Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor

Level 4, 230 Moray Place Dunedin 9016

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