All shook up! Elvis’ life story taken from Porthcawl to Edinburgh as …

 

The Porthcawl Elvis Festival is heading to the world famous Edinburgh Fringe to stage The King’s life story with a Shakespearean twist.

The organisers of the annual Welsh festival, which has more than 30,000 attendees, has collaborated with The Bristol Old Vic.

Et Tu Elvie is described as “a fusion of Shakespeare’s greatest hits with Elvis”, telling the American legend’s life story as a classic Shakespearian tragedy in seven parts.

From Macbeth’s witches stirring the cauldron of Memphis music in 1954, to Elvis coming under the spell of Colonel Prospero – The Devil in Disguise – through to Titania wooing Bottom, while a ’68 leather clad Comeback Special Elvis croons One Night With You, the story finally arrives at Graceland on the night of August 16, 1977.             


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Porthcawl Elvis Festival Organiser, Peter Phillips, has produced the show with Nancy Medina de Mowbray, an American theatre director currently attached to The Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol.

Phillips says: “The idea started life as a simple sing-a-long, quote-a-long show but when I began working with Nancy, who has a wealth of Shakespearian experience, the concept went in a much deeper direction.

“Shakespeare tells us in the Seven Stages of Man monologue, which Elvis paraphrases in Are You Lonesome Tonight, that you eventually get old, fat and die. The tragedy of Elvis was that this happened to him at the age of 42.”

Et Tu Elvie runs for the whole of the Edinburgh Fringe from July 30 to August 25 at the C Venue. Visit www.ettuelvie.com

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/elvis-presleys-life-story-taken-7079536