To BMW, or not to BMW: That was the question for a troupe of players seeking a place to stage its production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Members of the Creation Theater from Oxfordshire, England, are accustomed to staging plays outdoors during the summer. This time, they took their production inside BMW's Cowley plant, home of the Mini.
In fact, they are staging Shakespeare's tragedy almost on the spot where Alec Issigonis developed his first model.
The eight actors have been staging Hamlet nightly against a backdrop of scrap metal and pallets. They have used some interesting stage props. They act out sword fights with wrenches, and the king and queen of Denmark move on and off stage in a BMW 7 series. Characters Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern arrive in the new Mini.
Says BMW spokeswoman Martina Mertes: 'The theater group often looks for different venues, and we were only too happy to help. One of our forklift drivers helps to move the scenery around.'
Alas, the production will close in mid-March, as the space will be needed for production. This time, the new Mini will be center stage.