James Drew speaks to Sven Delarivière, who is the director of the upcoming Brussels Shakespeare Society (BSS) play, Henry IV, which runs in Brussels from 19-24 June. 19-23 June, 20h, 24 June 14h and 20h Tickets available now from the littleboxoffice.com/bss
The Society’s beginnings were simple. In 1975 its founders hired a 30-seat theatre behind a bar, the Théatre Ile St. Louis, just off the Grand’Place. Here they began performing devised entertainments on a theme from Shakespeare, which were essentially rehearsed readings, gradually gaining confidence and moving to a bigger theatre for a full-scale production of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well in December 1976.In its 38-year history the Society has staged all of Shakespeare’s Comedies and several of his best-known Tragedies, some more than once, as well as six of his Histories. It has also ventured into Greek Tragedy, Restoration Comedy, other Elizabethan dramatists such as Middleton and German dramatists such as Schiller, as well as modern works by Beckett, Fry, Goldman, Lorca and Stoppard. It also organizes workshops on acting and stagecraft run by prominent names in British Theatre including Andrew Visnevski, theatre director and teacher of drama at RADA.