#15SecondShakespeare. It’s this year’s Ice Bucket Challenge, but with less water and even more overacting.
The premise, if you’re new to the West End’s favourite hashtag, is that actors take frankly ludicrous pop song lyrics and perform them in the style of the world’s greatest playwright.
It is a gold mine of bite-sized silliness and has led to the London stage’s finest showing off their annunciation and emoting like never before.
You could spend your time sifting through Twitter and Instagram to find the very best offerings, or you could just scroll down the page, where we’ve created a collection of what are, in our humble opinion, the cream of the iambic crop.
Actor and composer, Arthur Darvill
— Arthur Darvill (@RattyBurvil) September 23, 2015
Former Young Vic Hamlet, Michael Sheen
— michael sheen (@michaelsheen) September 25, 2015
Current Shakespeare’s Globe Richard II, Charles Edwards
— Charles Edwards (@CEdwardsActor) September 22, 2015
Former Wicked star, Louise Dearman
— Louise Dearman (@LouiseDearman) September 20, 2015
Les Misérables’ Carrie Hope Fletcher and Emma Kingston
— Emma Kingston (@emkingston) September 19, 2015
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical’s Lauren Samuels
— Lauren Samuels (@Laurensamuels88) September 19, 2015
Dinner With Saddam’s Nathan Amzi
— Nathan Amzi (@theamzi) September 19, 2015
The Vote’s Myanna Buring
Mr Foote’s Other Leg’s Joseph Millson
Former The Phantom Of The Opera star, Ramin Karimloo
Jersey Boys’ Edd Post
The Wars Of The Roses’ Michael Xavier