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Antony and Cleopatra unveil the Maddermarket Theatre’s Shakespeare-inspired GoGoDragon!

A Norwich theatre has revealed a special tribute to Shakespeare in the anniversary week of the great playwright’s birth.

The Maddermarket Theatre has sponsored one of the 84 dragon sculptures that will feature in the GoGoDragons! charity art trail through Norwich this summer, and today the work of art took centre stage.

Called GoGoMadder, the dragon was designed by John Stokes and it is decorated with a colourful array of beautifully painted images from 34 of Shakespeare’s plays.

The theatre is currently presenting a production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, and the cast’s two lead actors, Jonathan Redding and Rebecca Aldred, did the honours of unveiling GoGoMadder before Mr Stokes took to the stage to perform an excerpt from As You Like It.

The theatrical unveiling of GoGoMadder was part of a special event for sponsors and artists involved in the GoGoDragons! project which is being led by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art.

Peter Beck, director of Antony and Cleopatra and one of the theatre’s creative directors, said: “It is wonderful to have this mixture of our Antony and Cleopatra production opening on Shakespeare’s birthday on Thursday and then yesterday revealing our Shakespearean dragon.

“It is a great way to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday.”

He said the Maddermarket Theatre was enjoying being a part of the GoGoDragons! project and that during the trail – which starts on June 21 and runs until September 5 – GoGoMadder would be on display in the theatre’s lower courtyard.

Antony and Cleopatra – the story of Roman leader Mark Antony and the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra – opened at the Maddermarket Theatre on Thursday, April 23 and runs until Saturday, May 2. Tickets £8-£12. To book tickets visit or call the box office on 01603 620917.

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