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Much Ado about Nothing

Shakespeare’s much loved comedy will be brought to life on our main lawn by theatre group Illyria.

Enjoy a picnic while you try to follow the web of love, hate and deception crafted by England’s most famous playwright.

Claudio loves Hero, and Benedick hates Beatrice. This is just as well, because Hero loves Claudio and Beatrice hates Benedick. Everyone laughs when Don Pedro plays a trick on Benedick and Beatrice, letting each think that they are secretly loved by the other. But it is no laughing matter when Don John plays a trick on Claudio and Hero, deceiving Claudio into thinking that Hero is not faithful to him. Murderous rage is unleashed, and death can be the only solution… Or can it? Perhaps one last trick may resurrect the innocent dead, restore broken relationships – and even create an unlikely union of Benedick and Beatrice!

​Details

Gates open 14.00. Booking recommended.

All ages welcome, especially suited to 5+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This event will go ahead in all weather unless it is unsafe to do so. Please wear appropriate clothing.

Seating is not provided, please bring a low backed chair or rug should you wish.

We’ll be putting restrictions in place to ensure this event complies with restrictions in place at the time of the performance. Please follow any government restrictions at the time of the event. Anyone not complying with government restrictions may be asked to leave.