Spymonkey – The Complete Deaths at the 20th Istanbul Theatre 

In collaboration with the British Council, IKSV’s Theatre Festival staged three performances by the award-winning UK theatre company Spymonkey between 24-26 May. 

As the Performance Sponsor, we brought Spymonkey’s The Complete Deaths (of Shakespeare), a new clown play directed and adapted by Tim Crouch. The show will make its first international premier in Istanbul.

The show was part of Shakespeare Lives, an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. 

Please see the photos from the performance of The Complete Deaths (of Shakespeare) and the workshop given by Spymonkey.

Location: Moda Sahnesi

Date & Time: 24-25-26 May 2016, 20.30


There were 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare - 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus.

They ranged from the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra; from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff. There were countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Enorbarbus just sitted in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there was the pie that Titus serves the Queen of the Goths.

Spymonkey performed them all - sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ‘seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns' (Time Magazine) scaled the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumbed the depths of darkest depravity. it might have been even the death of them.

Directed by Tim Crouch (I, Malvolio, An Oak Tree, Adler & Gibb) and designed by Spymonkey regular Lucy Bradridge, The Complete Deaths was a solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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