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Unmissable adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece at libraries

Article date - 15 February 2018

Making his third appearance after two successful sell-out performances in St Helens libraries, award-winning performer Gerard Logan will present his solo-adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece.
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The Rape of Lucrece (1594) is a narrative poem by William Shakespeare set in ancient Rome and based on the story of Lucretia, who killed herself after being raped by her husband’s friend Tarquin, an esteemed Roman soldier.

This brilliant but brutal poem has been adapted for mature audiences in St Helens libraries. It features as part of the award-winning Cultural Hubs arts-in-libraries programme, on Friday 23 February.

Councillor Sue Murphy, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure Services and Libraries, said:

“Once again our celebrated Cultural Hubs programme is challenging perceptions about libraries with this dramatic performance. Gerard Logan is a classically-trained, Royal Shakespeare Company actor, and has performed across the country to great critical success.

“While the subject of this performance is difficult to think about, as so often with Shakespeare the story strikes the heart in a deeply meaningful and resonant way, going beyond this awful crime to its devastating impact. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this brilliant performance!”

See The Rape of Lucrece on Friday 23 February at Newton-le-Willows Library, 2pm or Eccleston Library, 7pm.

Each show lasts an hour and is suitable for ages 16 and above.

Tickets cost £6 each (£5 for St Helens library card holders) or £3 for concessions. Book online or call into any local library to purchase tickets.

Cultural Hubs, the nationally-renowned arts-in-libraries programme, is delivered by St Helens Council’s Library Service and funded by The National Lottery distributed through Arts Council England. The brand new programme is packed with events as exciting as they are diverse.

For more events like this, visit www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk or pick up a brochure in any St Helens library.