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Propeller Theatre Company

Propeller is an all-male Shakespeare company which seeks to find more engaging ways of expressing Shakespeare to audiences, and to more completely explore the relationship between text and performance.

Combining rigorous examination of the text with modern physical adaptations of classic Shakespeare works, Propeller seeks to engage new audiences hitherto disconnected from the Bard’s work. As part of their approach, Propeller assimilate a number of new influences, such as mask work, animation, classic and modern film and music from all ages.

Propeller are a company of international renown, having toured productions to Australia, China, Spain, Mexico, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Cyprus, Ireland, Tokyo, Gdansk, Germany, Italy, Malta, Hong Kong and the U.S.A.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £265,000
  • 2013-2014: £265,000
  • 2014-2015: £265,000

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Pocket Dream - Propeller

Video by Dominic Clemence Propeller presents a sixty minute version of its internationally acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, especially devised for young audiences. Edward Hall’s all-male Shakespeare company combines a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic to create productions full of clarity, poetry, speed, and imagination. Pocket Dream provides a fresh and inspiring introduction to Shakespeare to delight all ages. The ensemble creates a relaxed and engaging atmosphere in which to enjoy the performance, as well encouraging the young audience to join in with a lively discussion afterwards. Pocket Propeller is the ideal introduction not only to Shakespeare, but to the thrill and excitement of theatre. A pocket-sized dream come true. Oberon, Nick Bottom - Darrell Brockis Demetrius, Peter Quince - Finn Hanlon Puck, Francis Flute - Lewis Hart Lysander, Tom Snout - Antony Jardine Hermia, Snug - Matthew McPherson Titania, Helena, Robin Starveling - James Tucker

Propeller - It Must Be Love

Visit to donate! "It Must be Love" written by Labi Siffre (1971) and covered by Madness (1981) This arrangement, based on the Madness version, has been scored for Propeller by Dominic Gerrard. Audio recording: Engineered by Rob Parkinson. Video: Featuring all members of the 2014 "A Midsummer Night's Dream" & "The Comedy of Errors" touring company. Compiled and Edited by Dominic Gerrard. Special thanks to: Jeans For Genes for letting us sing for them; Yvonne Arnaud & Globe Theatre Neuss for the use of their space; Livia Visanescu & Gaia Webb for their extra footage; Martin & Caroline Richards for the use of their swimming pool; Niamh Craig 'The Bumble Bee' and Snap-Snap the shark for their special cameos; Linda Tubb at Lloyd & Keyworth Music for the 'Water-Proof' Clarinet …

Edward Hall announces the winner of the 2014 Jill Fraser Award

Artistic director of Propeller Edward Hall, along with executive producer Caro MacKay and chair James Sargant, present actor Lewis Hart with the second annual Jill Fraser award. The Jill Fraser Award was established by Propeller in 2013 to reward an outstanding theatre practitioner -- in any field -- under the age of 30. The winner receives a £5,000 prize, and a contract to work with Propeller on their next tour. The award was established in memory of the late Jill Fraser MBE, former artistic director of the Watermill, Newbury, and the award fund was donated by the Mackintosh Foundation.

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Propeller arrives in Brighton!

The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Comedy of Errors take to the streets of Brighton with a special performance! For more information and to book tickets:

Propeller - Pocket Merchant

The Merchant of Venice is an uncompromising tale of greed and revenge. When Bassanio falls in love with the wealthy Portia, he becomes imprisoned in a bargain with a ruthless moneylender. A pound of flesh is sought, and time is fast running out to untangle the trap of his own making. This pocket-sized version of the critically acclaimed 2009 production brings one of Shakespeare's darkest comedies to life in the way only Propeller can. After an enticing hour, audiences are invited into the performance space with the actors to express their response to the show in the freest way possible. Pocket Merchant provides an inspiring introduction not only to Shakespeare, but also to the highest quality English theatre around. For more information:

Propeller - The Comedy of Errors Trailer

Propeller revives their CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED tour of Shakespeare's smartest and most farcical comedy. Two sets of estranged twins, separated at birth, find themselves in the same city 25 years later with hilarious consequences. A series of mistaken identities, assumed personas, and wild mishaps bring a family crisis - so complicated that time itself loses the plot - into heart warming focus. Fortunately the audience is always one step ahead... On tour until Summer 2014. For more information and tickets visit

Propeller - A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer

This multi award-winning production has played to packed houses all over the world. A Midsummer Night's Dream is fresh, funny and beautifully lyrical. Love and illusion collide in Shakespeare's most magical play, when two pairs of lovers become entangled in fairy mischief on the eve of a Royal Wedding. Dreams and reality become interchangeable within the romantic chaos that ensues and misplaced passions are ignited as appearances become ever more deceptive. On UK and international tour with The Comedy of Errors in 2014. For tickets please visit

Time Lapse of 'Twelfth Night' Get-in

Propeller Theatre's production of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' Get-in at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 15-16 April, 2013. Check us out:

Propeller - The Taming of the Shrew Trailer

In The Taming Of The Shrew two, disguised, competing suitors clamour for the hand of beautiful Bianca whilst gold digging Petruchio agrees to wed her viciously ill-tempered sister Kate sight-unseen. The difference between marrying for love and marrying for money, however, becomes increasingly difficult to judge. This brash, brutal and darkly comic story pulls no punches. One thing is certain - nobody does Shakespeare like Propeller. On tour with Twelfth Night until Summer 2013

Interview with Joseph Chance

Joseph Chance talks about his work as an actor in Propeller.

Interview With Chris Myles

Chris Myles talks about his work as a member of the Propeller cast.

Cast Warming Up For The Show

A short clip of the cast doing a warm up to prepare for their performance.

Edward Hall presents the first Jill Fraser Award at Norwich Theatre Royal

The Jill Fraser Award was established by Propeller to reward an outstanding theatre practitioner -- in any field -- under the age of 30. The winner receives a £5,000 prize, and a contract to work with Propeller. The award was established in memory of the late Jill Fraser MBE, former artistic director of the Watermill, Newbury, and the award fund was donated by the Mackintosh Foundation.

Edward Hall on Twelfth Night - part three.mp4

Part Three of Propeller's Artistic Director Edward Hall talking about the process behind creating their revival of Twelfth Night.

Edward Hall on Twelfth Night - part two.mp4

Artistic Director Edward Hall discusses the making of Propeller's latest production, Twelfth Night, currently touring with The Taming of the Shrew.

Edward Hall on Twelfth Night part one

Artistic Director Edward Hall discusses the making of one of his latest productions, Twelfth Night.

Edward Hall on Twelfth Night

Artistic Director Edward Hall discusses Propeller's latest production Twelfth Night.

Propeller - Twelfth Night Trailer

Propeller's highly-anticipated revival of their critically acclaimed Twelfth Night tours the UK and internationally in 2013. For dates and tickets please visit One of Shakespeare's best loved comedies of love and confusion, Twelfth Night tells a twisted tale of mistaken identity, transformation and deception. With a man playing a girl disguised as a boy, illusion and reality are almost indistinguishable on Propeller's island of Illyria. Dark and delightful, the play asks 'What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person?' and the answer is both beautiful and bittersweet. One thing is certain: no-one does Shakespeare like Propeller.

Propeller's Pocket Henry V

Go behind the scenes with Edward Hall and Propeller as they bring their pocket-sized version of Henry V to venues up and down the UK. Video by Dominic Clemence.

The Winter's Tale - Vox Pop Video - 2012

For more information about Propeller's Henry V and The Winter's Tale please visit

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