'Al fresco' theatre this summer - come 'Rain or Shine'
By David Wood
Where: Various venues
When: June 21 to September 1 (various dates)
Professional Gloucester-based theatre company Rain or Shine, are set to delight family audiences once again this summer with their 21st anniversary production of Shakespeare's 'perfect pastoral comedy' As You Like It.
Join one of The Bard's most famous heroines, Rosalind, as she makes her way in a world full of power, jealousy and tyranny.
In fear for her life and in search of true love, she flees her heritage with her cousin Celia and fool Touchstone.
Will disguising herself as a country lad lead her to a new life full of hope, laughter, and her banished father?
With songs galore, hand-to-hand wrestling, idiotic shepherds and the infamous melancholic Jaques, this comedy is sure to delight family audiences from six to 96.
So pack your picnic, rugs and chairs, pop open some beer or bubbly and sit back and relax in the summer sunshine, while we whisk you off to the Forest of Arden where anything can happen.
Rain or Shine aim is to bring classical theatre into the heart of local communities as they travel across the country during June July and August.
The Stage hailed Rain or Shine as "one of the best companies touring open air theatre".
Audiences are requested to bring along low-backed seating or rugs, and a picnic to maximise their enjoyment of the al fresco performances.
Gloucestershire's dates across the summer are :
- Llanthony Secunda Priory - June 21
- Poulton House - June 28
- Lea Village Hall field - June 30
- Blockley Village Green - July 6
- Hempsted Village Hall garden - July 11
- Hailes Abbey - July 12
- Houndscroft House, Rodborough - July 13
- Olivers, Painswick - July 19
- Barnwood Park - July 27
- Swinhay House, Wotton-under-Edge - July 28
- Glenfall House, Charlton Kings - August 10
- Over Barn - August 20
- Everyman Theatre Studio - August 22-24
- Temple Guiting - September 1
Full details of the tour and venues can be found on the Rain or Shine website and tickets can be purchased from each venue, through Ticketweb via www.rainorshine.uk , or by ringing 0330 660 0541.
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