In 2017, Bowler Crab began touring shortened versions of their past productions to schools, festivals, private parties, corporate events and as dining experiences in the form of 'pocket productions'.
Bowler Crab then became the official resident theatre company of The Mermaid Inn following the sell-out performances of the 'pocket productions' of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dining) and Romeo & Juliet. In the autumn of 2017, BC toured to The Mermaid with Othello, a full-length performance as part of the tour around Kent, Sussex and London.
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The Mermaid Inn
The Mermaid Inn is a truly unique historic building that has stood in Rye for over 600 years! It offers a step back in time, with modern day comforts in a traditional style, friendly service, fine food, wine, local ales and a selection of more than 90 whiskies.
“A stage where every man must play a part …”.
Bowler Crab are pleased to announce our return to The Mermaid Inn with our twelfth production to date.
The Merchant of Venice is an edgy comedy filled with romance, laughter and the odd tear. Three love stories roll into one as we follow young lovers on a voyage to woo the women of their dreams; but how dark will the tale turn when their friend must pay their debts? How accountable can friendship be when wagered with of a pound of human flesh?
A comedy full of love, riddles, disguises, song and dance but also one that questions the topics of race, class, worth, gender, religion and, ultimately … revenge.
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In 2017, BC formed a relationship with The Mermaid Inn as a performance venue, following the discovery that suggests Shakespeare's company, The Chamberlain's Men, visited The Mermaid in 1597.
This revelation even made BBC News: