Shakespeare’s First Acts: Pericles

10th December 2012



Natalie Abrahami, Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, tells Sophie Reynolds about the first act of Pericles, which she directed for the Regents Park Open Air Theatre in 2011. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays. Recorded at the V&A, 4 December 2012.

The set up in Act One I think is quite different from a lot of Shakespeare’s plays, it does take a while to get going and I know that there is debate about whether Shakespeare even wrote some of those earlier scenes. I would argue that perhaps he didn’t, from my perception of the way they are structured.