WILLIAM Shakespeare had a wicked sense of humour and brought in some light relief even in his darkest, most tragic plays.

Impromptu Shakespeare steals the Bard’s language, rhythm and feisty familiar themes to create entirely new plays on the spot.

They take their inspiration from suggestions made by the audience. Then the masters of improv buckle on the Bard’s britches for a comedy ride which takes place in Swindon on Saturday, September 16 at the Arts Centre, Devizes Road in Old Town.

Founding member of Impromptu Shakespeare Rebecca MacMillan said: “What we love about performing this show is how it appeals to both Shakespeare nerds and complete newbies. If you’re new to Shakespeare’s work, it can seem pretty daunting, but by improvising using his language and themes we show how approachable it is. We’ve found that aficionados also love that playfulness, borrowing and skitting on elements they recognise.”

The company has been going for four years and combines their production with a day long workshop for actors and improvisers who want to master the techniques of improv, Shakespeare-style.

The workshop runs from 11am to 4pm and costs £35 and the performance takes place from 7.30pm and costs £11 from 01793 524481 or www.swindontheatres.co.uk. The age guideline is for over 10s. — Flicky Harrison