This year more than any other is certainly the time for open air theatre.
And with this in mind, Artsreach is to present Macbeth at Durlston Country Park in Swanage on Sunday 27 June as part of a summer tour by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an all male theatre company.
Peter Stickney, artistic director said: “Experiencing Shakespeare’s productions outside, where he first saw them, is a truly special thing. As the light fades and the moon shines bright, it is thrilling to think that we are looking at the same moon Shakespeare did whilst we listen to the words he wrote more than 400 years ago. It is exhilarating to think that the experience of gathering together, something we have been deprived of for so long now; to encounter and be entertained by his work is something people have been doing for more than four centuries. Our need for and love of shared experiences and stories, specifically, Shakespeare’s stories remain undimmed. Being a part of Shakespeare’s legacy, we look to honour his plays presenting them as we do and, simply, provide people with an entertaining and magical evening.
“I am incredibly excited to be amongst the first in the country to bring live theatre back to audiences. We have been lucky enough to make and enjoy theatre in special outdoor settings for many years and I hope those looking to once again experience top-quality theatre will join us to enjoy this unique theatrical experience.
“Macbeth is a breathless thrill-ride from start to finish and is one of my personal favourites. This year we will be running the production without an interval. This will aid our COVID security planning but happily suits the play down to the ground. One of Shakespeare’s shortest plays, this intense and passionate story really benefits from this treatment. Expect sword fights, stunning poetry, smoke, fire and drums as this epic play gets our usual epic treatment.”
Tickets must be booked in advance and full details about the event, including covid-guidance and important information regarding parking is available when booking. Visit: www.artsreach.co.uk
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