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A Q&A with Vivienne McKee can be arranged for you and your group after the performance in the charming foyer of the historic theatre Teatret ved Sorte Hest in Copenhagen



Dear teachers, professors and theatre group organisers, 

Isn’t it time to enjoy a real LIVE theatre experience after so many months of Covid restrictions ? 

Now is your chance ! 

Come to TEATRET VED SORTE HEST  - a charming , historic theatre in Copenhagen , to see Willy Russell’s award-winning play - 


LONDON TOAST THEATRE, Denmark’s english language theatre company , presents a witty, provocative comedy about a fun-loving woman who escapes  herlockdown“ life of domesticity and risks everything to follow her dream . 

You will love this play !  

VIVIENNE McKEE stars as Shirley Valentine on her voyage of self-discovery from grey Liverpool to an island in the sun.   As a young girl, Shirley was always in trouble at school.  As a young woman, she wanted to see the world, but instead she got married and had children.  Shirley wonders what has happened to the wild young woman she used to be. She yearns for a more exciting life but doubts that she has the courage, or even the right, to pursue her dreams . In fact , her life has become so dull that she even talks to the kitchen wall ! No - Shirley is not crazy, but she wishes she could be !  Her former self – the fearless Shirley Valentine – is desperate to get out  

Treat Yourselves ! 

Come and see what happens when Shirley Valentine jumps at the chance to discover her true self



Masterfully written in 1986 by Willy Russell,  one of Britains best-loved writers, "Shirley Valentine” is a reminder of how far women have come,  and how much further we have to go.  Even today women often bear the burden of home-making to the detriment of their personal dreams.  But these feelings of the loss of opportunity are universal too.  Especially now, when the impacts of Covid have encouraged many of us to look again at our lives.  After two years of restrictions everyone is yearning for the freedom that Shirley embarks upon. In fact , one could say that this play is the perfect antidote to “pandemic blues” .  And Vivienne McKee, is the perfect Shirley Valentine.  Drawing on her celebrated comedic talents,  she brings her personal spirit of adventure to this iconic role.  



Teatret ved Sorte Hest
Vesterbrogade 150
Copenhagen V

April 21st - May 14th 2022

Shakin'Up Shakespeare


Shake up your students ! Blow their minds ! Make them laugh out loud ! 

And do all this in one English class ! 

London Toast Theatre has produced a hilarious 40 minute filmed show called “SHAKIN’ UP SHAKESPEARE”. A roller coaster ride through Shakespeare’s most famous works including “Romeo and Juliet” with Andrew Jeffers and David Bateson in the leading roles, and the most famous play in the English language, “Hamlet ” with Vivienne McKee starring as the Danish prince. 

“Shakin’ Up Shakespeare”, together with accompanying Teaching Material, has been tailor-made to encourage your students to appreciate the genius of William Shakespeare, the intricacies of the English language and the use of comedy in an educational context. 

During the film, the actors play different roles and also chat about their own knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays : 

David :    I know all of the titles of Shakespeare’s plays in Danish ..

Andrew:  You don’t ! 

David :    I do. “Romeo OG Julie”, “Antony OG Cleopatra”, “Hamlet”. 

And I know the titles of the comedies too …  “Otello “. 

Andrew:   “Othello “ isn’t a comedy !  

David :     Well I laughed when you played it. 

We learn about Shakespeare’s audiences: 

Vivienne : At the GlobeTheatre, the important, aristocratic people sat at the back in the galleries, and the common people stood up close so that they wouldn’t miss anything . 

Ha! Nothing much has changed ! Stop checking your phones ! 

Vivienne introduces the different ways of acting Shakespeare from the traditional Lawrence Olivier style to the post-modern Al Pacino method : 

David : “It’s not so much post, it’s more of an email approach… I believe in punching out the poetry, slicing through the symbolism, kicking the hell out of the imagery and rubbing up against the raw animal emotion.“ 

 And that is what he does for most of the show ! 


On top of all that, this fun-packed film is followed by a “live” Q&A with the 3 actors on ZOOM

Vivienne McKee, David Bateson and Andrew Jeffers are well-known for their wacky performances in the annual Crazy Christmas shows and after the film, they are happy to chat with the students online, and answer any questions. They tell the students stories about their theatrical backgrounds: including Andrew’s experience of playing Othello with a robot , Vivienne’s Stand Up comedy glitches, David’s internationally popular computer-game character, “Hitman” and of course, questions about Shakespeare and his work ! 


As one student commented : 

"Man forstår meget nemmere de forskellige skuespil af Shakespeare nu, og at det faktisk kan være fornøjeligt at arbejde med. Ydermere var det rigtigt dejligt at møde folkene bag »Shakin` Up Shakespeare«. Det gav en forståelse af den kreative proces bag stykket - og gjorde hele oplevelsen meget mere speciel.”

 Cecilie Patricia Nielsen, elev i Active English-klassen, 10. klassecenteret, Xclass i Slagelse

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TEACHING MATERIAL: The Origins and Traditions of the British Pantomime

In Denmark, we mostly associate Pantomime with the classic, wordless performances of Harlequin, Columbine and Pierrot in Tivoli. If you are invited to a Christmas Pantomime in England, do go but don't expect a similar experience. The English pantomime is a unique theatre genre that only really exists in the United Kingdom. It is extremely popular and every year theatres are completely sold out to an audience of all ages, backgrounds and tastes.

Traditionally, adults take their children to the "Panto" as a Christmas treat but often the adults have the most fun. The mad knockabout comedy of the pantomime, where people are hit but not hurt, where authority is constantly flouted and where fun is poked at everything from past to present, has had a great influence on the well known British "crazy" humour of for instance Monty Python's Flying Circus.

The Pantomime is as English as Fish 'n' Chips and pints of lukewarm beer - and Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without it.

Feel free to download the teaching material: The Origins and Traditions of the British Pantomime