Shakespeare’s Rebel Book Launch and Fight Tomorrow


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Academie Duello and Bard on the Beach present Shakespeare’s Rebel Book Launch & Sword Fight Event


When? Monday, July 22nd, 7pm
Where? Bard on the Beach, Vanier Park
What? A fight show and book launch!

Celebrate the launch of Bard alumni C.C. Humphreys’ latest novel ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’ – a rollicking tale of the Globe Theatre’s fight choreographer, John Lawley, and his adventures in London 1600 AD – a city on the brink of revolution and a theatre putting on a play that will change literature forever: the Tragedy of Hamlet.

Learn more about Shakespeare’s Rebel and about the author at the official website of C.C. Humphreys.


Some of Canada’s finest swordsmen will perform fights from the novel and Shakespeare’s plays. Members of the Academie Duello Performance Team will be among those showcasing their swashbuckling stage skills. Among the fight choreographers will be Academie Duello’s own stage combat instructor David McCormick who shall both display and analyze the creation of the fights that have thrilled audiences for centuries.

Devon Boorman, Maestro of Academie Duello, will conduct a ‘Prize Fight’, just as the Elizabethan Maisters of Defense would have done. There will be discussions of the extraordinary times and how they are reflected in the plays Bard is presenting this summer: Hamlet, and Elizabeth Rex, which concerns both the Queen and the mad Earl of Essex, two central characters in the novel. Bard Artistic Director Christopher Gaze and Humphreys will both read extracts and talk about how Humphreys has brought together two of his greatest passions – Hamlet and bladed weaponry – to shape what could be his most exciting adventure to date.

So come join us for swords, for words – and an evening that looks at all things Shakespearean from an especially sharp angle!

Get tickets at the door or in advance at Bard on the Beach website.

David McCormick Head of Stage Combat at Academie Duello and certified Instructor with Fight Directors Canada. Head of Bartitsu at Academie Duello, the longest continuously running Bartitsu program in the world.
Read more from David McCormick.