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Can you identify the Shakespeare plays on the GoGoDragon! at Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre?

PUBLISHED: 09:37 17 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:08 17 July 2015

GoGoMadder dragon outside the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams.

GoGoMadder dragon outside the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams.

Copyright Archant Norfolk 2015

While Twelfth Night is entertaining audiences at Norwich Cathedral’s Shakespeare Festival this week, one of the GoGoDragons is also providing a unique backdrop for the Bard this summer.

Can you identify the plays these Shakespearean scenes are from? Can you identify the plays these Shakespearean scenes are from?

From the star-crossed lovers’ balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet to the cackling witches who open the tragedy of Macbeth, an array of Shakespearean scenes adorns the dragon GoGoMadder.

He is one of the 84 GoGoDragons who have flown into Norwich for the summer, and a wonderfully unique stage for the plays of William Shakespeare. Thirty-four of the celebrated wordsmith’s comedies, tragedies and history plays are featured on the dragon who can be found at the Maddermarket Theatre, the dragon’s sponsor. He has been beautifully designed by John Stokes who estimates he spent up to 250 hours painting all of the intricate illustrations.

Mr Stokes, 75, who has been involved with the Maddermarket Theatre since 1969 and has designed sets, acted and directed shows there, said GoGoMadder highlights the theatre’s links to Shakespeare.

He said: “When Nugent Monck set up the Maddermarket Theatre, it was the first replica theatre in England to be based on what was conceived to be Shakespeare’s theatre. It was also the first theatre ever to perform all of Shakespeare’s plays.”

About GoGoMadder’s illustrations, he said: “I started with Two Gentlemen of Verona, with Launce and his dog Crab, and I think the last play I did was King John.”

Mr Stokes, who lives in Blofield, also made reference to Shakespeare’s sonnets by tucking one into the front of GoGoMadder’s shirt.

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The GoGoDragons! trail – brought to Norwich by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art – runs until September 5. Visit www.gogodragons.co.uk

The Shakespeare Festival opened at Norwich Cathedral on Wednesday and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will perform Twelfth Night at the cathedral on Saturday.

Answers:

1. The Tempest

2. The Merchant of Venice

3. Romeo and Juliet

4. Antony and Cleopatra

5. Twelfth Night

6. Macbeth

7. Hamlet

8. Henry VIII

9. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

10. Much Ado About Nothing

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