The Thirteen Shakespeare suicides – at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon

One of the delights of visiting the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon is that even if you’re not seeing a play, there’s always some free exhibition to enjoy as you explore the theatre building. As I was meeting a friends for lunch at the Arden Hotel, just opposite the theatre, we popped over to look at the Thirteen exhibition of photographic images by George Chakravarthi.

Lady Macbeth from the Thirteen exhibition at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Lady Macbeth from the Thirteen exhibition at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon

The premise of this artistic project is to capture the spirit of the thirteen unfortunate Shakespearean characters who committed suicide in his plays, for love, passion, honour or pride. The artist, George Chakravarthi takes the part of every character both male and female, dressing up in costume and the resulting photographs are overlaid with other images of texture and colour.

Cleopatra from the Thirteen exhibition at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Cleopatra from the Thirteen exhibition at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon

The free exhibition is in the Swan room of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which you can enter through the Victorian entrance opposite the Arden Hotel and up the stairs immediately to the right. The room is in darkness, with each of the large images displayed backlit with striking effect.

Juliet and Brutus at the Thirteen Exhibition at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

We found the images rich and thought provoking – and even more interesting when you watch the video in which the artist George Chakravarthi explains his thought process for creating each character – watch the video here on Youtube.

Thirteen exhibition at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre -  Orphelia and Goneril Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Visitor Information

The Thirteen exhibition by George Chakravarthi is in the Swan Room at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon until 29 April 2012. Find more information about this and other exhibitions on the RSC website.

More things to enjoy in Stratford-upon-Avon

Afternoon tea at the Arden with Romeo and Juliet
Season and Wild – at the Waterside Brasserie, Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon
The Tower and other transformations – at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

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