Tragedy and magic meet in gardens of country home

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In June and July, Leighton Hall welcomes the Festival Players into their garden for two Shakespeare productions.

On June 25 the poignant and tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet is played out, in complete contrast to the fantasy, fairies and magical fun of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which takes place on July 26.

Both productions, performed alfresco, will be directed by Worcestershire-based Michael Dyer. Music has been specially written by folk man Johnny Coppin (front man of the cult Seventies folk-rock group Decameron).

Michael said: “We perform over 100 shows a year and always love returning to Leighton Hall, as is it without doubt, the perfect setting for a balmy summer’s evening of magic, mirth and music.”

Rain or shine, the shows starts at 7.30pm but Leighton’s grounds open at 6pm for visitors to get comfortable.

Suzie Reynolds, owner of Leighton Hall said: “I love these evenings.

“The Festival Players make Shakespeare accessible to all. The shows are never longer than two hours, the music is fantastic and the audience feel part of the production.”

Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for children and are available from Leighton Hall on 01524 734474, Lancaster VIC on 01524 32878 and Morecambe VIC on 01524 582808.