Last year, Whisk Bakery turned into a battlefield as everyone fought over who would take over King Henry IV’s bakery once he was gone. The spoof was called The Great British SHAKE-Off, performed by Undiscovered Company.
One of the great things about Shakespeare is that so much can be done with his work. There’s no need to be reverential. As an example, we give you SHAKE 38 from Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. It’s guerrilla Shakespeare, as it were, variations on the 38 plays he wrote, performed in all sorts of places – like Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop in the photo above.
This year they’re enlisting 38 chefs to participate during this year’s SHAKE 38, offering specials that refer to one of those 38 plays. The sidebar, dubbed "38 eats," is sure to be a lot more than just rosemary-for-remembrance. Cakes and ale? Dates and quinces in pastry? Short-legged hens? This could be verrrry interesting.
No official word yet on who’s participating, but we understand some well-known toques have a spatula in this multi-site event. The announcement of who’s on board and where will be – no joke – April 1. SHAKE 38 will run April 19-23; more info on venues for the plays is also in the pipeline. There’ll also be a Shakespeare exhibit at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, opening April 19.