Shakespeare in Lockdown with Adam Nichols of Ovo Theatre

The Rose Playhouse

Online at 7 pm

2020 has been one of the most challenging years for theatre makers since Elizabethan times, when plague-related lockdowns were part of everyday life and are said to have stimulated Shakespeare, Marlowe and other leading writers of the time to produce some of their best work. OVO theatre company has been navigating these choppy waters and trying to keep live performance afloat with a number of innovative responses — from a Zoom reincarnation of its production of Twelfth Night, originally commissioned by The Rose Playhouse in 2019, to a 3-week open air festival at the Roman Theatre of St Albans, featuring new socially distanced adaptations of Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

In this talk, OVO’s Artistic Director Adam Nichols will share his experiences of making theatre in these unprecedented times, and discuss his hopes for the future of live performance post-Covid-19.



Adam is OVO’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director and has directed a quarter of the company’s more than 70 productions. Shakespeare directing credits include Macbeth (three times), Twelfth Night (twice), Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor and an award-winning production of As You Like It at the world-famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall. As an actor, Adam’s favourite Shakespearean roles include Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Feste in Twelfth Night. He appeared as one of the princes murdered in the tower by Anthony Sher in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s seminal production of Richard III in 1985.


Tickets are £5 and can be booked through TryBooking by clicking here. You will receive a link to this Zoom event via email. Any additional contributions for The Rose Playhouse will be much appreciated and go towards funding the Rose Revealed Project.

Please note that booking for this event will close at 6.00 pm on 13 October.

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.

Booking Information

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020 7261 9565