The Newcastle-based ESC's plan is to perform all of the Bard's 37 plays in a non-stop, 24-hours-a-day performance at the Dome. The Complete Works would start at 10.00AM on 23 April 2000, the anniversary of Shakespeare's birthday. With regular half-hour intervals, the marathon will take nearly a full week to complete.
ESC director Michael Bogdanov, who is currently in negotiations to secure lottery funding for the £3.5 million project, said it would be the first time that such a feat had been accomplished. The ESC also hopes to remount the marathon at venues in Newcastle.