Much Ado in Thornbury

August 25


Thornbury Chantry garden, Castle Street

£12 adults, £7 children, £28 family of four


A RENOWNED outdoor theatre company is bringing its production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing to Thornbury this summer.

Festival Players, whose patron is Dame Judi Dench, above with the Players, will visit Thornbury Chantry garden on August 25 as part of a national tour.

Artistic director Michael Dyer – a former director of Cornwall’s Minack open air theatre, has brought the play to a manageable two hours’ length.

He said: “Our shows are an amalgam of energy, entertainment and colour and we aim to make them clear and transparent, as well as keeping them short for the comfort of our patrons, many of whom will see a performance in the open air.

We set out to take audiences of all ages on a journey and make them feel very much part of the production.”

A cast of just six actors from the traditional all-male company play multiple roles in the tale of sparring wit, devious plans and the course of true love never running smooth, demanding quick costume changes, as well as performing as singers and musicians.

The show takes place at the Chantry in Castle Street on August 25 at 2.30pm. For more details call 01454 414268 or visit the website.