Absolute Shakespeare

To be or not to be, that is the question. William Shakespeare has like no one else through history so precisely put the struggles of humanity into words.

In this theatre concert, dialogue and soliloquies from some of Shakespeare's most loved plays are intertwined with iconic pop hits from the 1980's giving each other new perspectives.
Stripped of synthesizers and electronic drums, instead accompanied by a lute (lasciviously pleasing), the songs display themes that we are familiar with from Shakespeare - love, jealousy and the ever haunting question from Hamlet.

Music has a unique way of evoking moods and feelings. To use music in theatre is an old trick, and one that Shakespeare himself was especially keen on. Not only instrumental music to enhance the power of a scene - Ross W. Duffin has showed how The King's Men exploited songs from the street in many ways to make the audience engage and connect emotionally.

The popular tunes of the 80's might still be considered shallow. But rubbing shoulders with Shakespeare's immortal texts, they stand out in a new luster and often with an unexpected twist.

Texts from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, The Winter's Tale, Macbeth and other plays
Music by Alphaville, Roxette, Whitney Houston, Prince and other iconic artists 

Performance duration: 1 hour

Created  by Niklas Atterhall & Malin Sternbrink

On stage and touring: Malin Sternbrink & Niklas Atterhall

Duration: 60 min 

Photo: Nicklas Lind

Absolute Shakespeare opened in Stockholm in March 2023 and has played at the City Theatre in Stockholm and at the Verona Shakespeare Fringe Festival in Verona, Italy.



23 & 24 Jan Kulturhuset Soppteatern  


26 March Täby Kulturhus

26 & 27 May Teaterverket Svea

30 Aug Teatro Camploy, Verona

19 & 20 Oct Kulturhuset Soppteatern

26 Oct Kulturhuset Spira

4 & 11 Nov Kulturhuset Soppteatern

19 Nov Täby Kulturhus


Mette Klouman

+ 46 070 777 44 84


Niklas Atterhall

+46 0706711169


Malin Sternbrink

+46 073 621 03 19