Can you identify the Shakespeare plays on the GoGoDragon! at Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre?
While Twelfth Night is entertaining audiences at Norwich Cathedral’s Shakespeare Festival this week, one of the GoGoDragons is also providing a unique backdrop for the Bard this summer.
From the star-crossed lovers’ balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet to the cackling witches who open the tragedy of Macbeth, an array of Shakespearean scenes adorns the dragon GoGoMadder.
He is one of the 84 GoGoDragons who have flown into Norwich for the summer, and a wonderfully unique stage for the plays of William Shakespeare. Thirty-four of the celebrated wordsmith’s comedies, tragedies and history plays are featured on the dragon who can be found at the Maddermarket Theatre, the dragon’s sponsor. He has been beautifully designed by John Stokes who estimates he spent up to 250 hours painting all of the intricate illustrations.
Mr Stokes, 75, who has been involved with the Maddermarket Theatre since 1969 and has designed sets, acted and directed shows there, said GoGoMadder highlights the theatre’s links to Shakespeare.
He said: “When Nugent Monck set up the Maddermarket Theatre, it was the first replica theatre in England to be based on what was conceived to be Shakespeare’s theatre. It was also the first theatre ever to perform all of Shakespeare’s plays.”