Enjoy Shakespeare in the park

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LANCASTER’S Williamson Park is providing the backdrop this summer for a packed programme of theatre productions.

Throughout August, there will be adaptations of Shakespeare’s Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roald Dahl’s The Twits, Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and E Nesbitt’s The Railway Children.

Join the cast of Illyria on Wednesday, August 1, and Thursday, August 2, at 7.30pm as they perform Henry V with all its patriotism, pageantry and poetry.

A spokesman for Lancaster City Council, which runs the park, said: “Brimming with excitement, romance and a surprising amount of comedy, it is now performed, as originally written, on a stage inspired by those of the mediaeval touring troupes.”

Tickets cost £13.50 for adults £8.50 for children/concessions and £39 for a family (2+2).

Illyria promise to deliver a slimily, stickily, revoltingly funny show, based on Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The Twits , on August 7 and 8, at 3.30pm. Tickets cost £13.50 for adults £8.50 for children/concessions and £39 for a family (2+2).

One Sunday, August 12, the comic opera, HMS Pinafore, by Gilbert and Sullivan, gets the complete Illyria treatment, performed by a reduced cast on a nautical set. Performed for one night only, the opera cheerfully mocks such great British institutions as class, patriotism and the Royal Navy.

The performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for children/concessions and £45 for a family (2+2).

Literary classic The Railway Children has been adapted into an award-winning performance by Heartbreak Theatre Company.

Watch the story unfold as the gentle Edwardian lifestyle is about to be turned upside down for Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis.

The spokesman said: “Wrapped in a blanket of nostalgia, this show delivers the heart and soul of this timeless classic and, with inspirational storytelling and uplifting music at its core, guarantees to have the whole family, whatever their age, on their feet and cheering.”

Choose from two performances on Wednesday, 15 or Thursday, August 16, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £13 for adults, £9 for children/concessions or £39 for a family (2+2).

The outdoor theatre season concludes with Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The spokesman added: “Chapterhouse Theatre Company will whisk you away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests.

“Star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and raucous travelling players come together to create one a fun and frolicsome evening.”

Performances will be held on August 21 and 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £13.50 for adults, £8.50 for children/concessions or £39 for a family (2 + 2).

Tickets for all of these performances are available from the Williamson Park gift shop, or by calling 01524 33318, or online at www.lancaster.gov.uk/park-tickets.

You can also purchase tickets from visitor information centres at Lancaster and Morecambe.