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. Since then, both Othello and The Merchant of Venice have played to packed houses at The Mermaid as full-length performanceas on tours 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.
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:
Saturday 8th December 2018 (7.30pm start):
Twelfth Night Dining Experience
at The Mermaid Inn, Rye.
Bowler Crab returns to The Mermaid Inn (Rye) this December with a brand new dining experience as part of the Christmas Festival, Twelfth Night - one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies! This shortened version of the play features the actors performing scenes between each course, interacting with the tables in the Tudor Rooms to create an immersive dining experience. Women dress as their brothers, unruly relations consume cake and ale, a foolish wit is found in a witty fool and a certain gent tries to seduce his employer wearing yellow stockings in this joyful festive comedy riot! Three course meal and performance in a 600 year old inn, once visited by Shakespeare - what’s not to love? Bowler Crab’s last four ‘pocket productions’ at The Mermaid Inn sold out a month in advance, thus booking ahead is required. If you’ve already seen Bowler Crab’s 2014 stage production of Twelfth Night, rest assured this piece is completely different with a new design, style and actors.