grounds of historic Berkeley Castle proved an exquisite setting
for the Chapterhouse Theatre Company's open-air presentation of
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Saturday June 19
clearing was the perfect backdrop for the performance. Shakespeare
would have been hard pushed to find a more desirable setting.
stage was set up in the beautiful grounds at the back of the castle,
surrounded by trees.
is rumoured that Shakespeare wrote the play for the Berkeley family.
If that's true, Old Will may have chosen the very setting that we
the clearing was the perfect
backdrop for the performance. He would have been hard pushed to
find a more desirable setting.
the magic of the moment, and the mystical ambience, the thought
entered my head that some of the local residents in the audience
could well be descendants of the first audience at that very spot!
played by Andrew Hodges, was particularly impressive, ably supported
by the rest of the cast.
am always left in awe at the flow of words and use of the English
language in his plays.
were entertained to a standard that left us still buzzing, caught
up with the magical emotions of the night as we left this outstanding
work can sometimes be poorly interpreted, and is overworked in some
productions. I am always left in awe at the flow of words and use
of the English language in his plays.
production was sympathetically well-worked - light-hearted, funny,
entertaining and leaving no doubt as to the Bard's wit.
Chapterhouse Company advertise further
productions in the area in July.
forward to the return visits.
by Bill Hughes
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