The University of Durham’s Castle Theatre Company presents one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies; ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in the cloister of Beaulieu Abbey on Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July 2017 at 7pm. This classic tale of love, envy and magic is enjoyed worldwide and is great entertainment on a sunny July evening.
When Hermia is told she must marry against her will, she elopes into the forest with her lover Lysander. They are pursued by their intended, Demetrius and Helena, and soon the four begin to bicker. However, when the feuding fairies of the forest discover the lovers they use their magic to toy with their emotions, and strange things begin to happen. Hilarity ensues as a passing group of actors are dragged into the chaos, and all involved are left wondering if what has happened was real or just a vivid dream.
For over 30 years Castle Theatre Company has taken its annual summer Shakespeare tour around the south of England and the USA, performing classic comedies on the lawns of stately homes, gardens and abbeys across these countries. Renowned for its high-standard, Castle Theatre Company promises an afternoon of light-hearted family entertainment.
Entrance to the Abbey will be from 6pm and the audience are invited to picnic before and throughout the performance, on rugs or picnic chairs. Arrive early to grab the best spots!
In the event of bad weather, the performance will go ahead inside the Abbey's Domus.
Please Note: Picnic furniture such as chairs, tables or rugs are not provided but visitors are welcome to bring their own. The area available is on grass.
There will be light snacks available for purchase before the performance and during the short interval (more details to follow)
Beaulieu & Shakespeare
Montagu ancestor Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd Earl of Southampton, was Shakespeare's only acknowledged patron and some of his plays may have been performed for the first time in Beaulieu Abbey.
Find out more about Shakespeare's Beaulieu.