Leighton Hall transforms for Shakespeare nights

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To mark the 400th anniversary of the world’s most famous playwright there have been a number of Bard related events throughout the district.

Back in April, Morecambe saw the “Bard By The Beach” celebrations and in Lancaster the Judges’ Lodgings held a day of family themed activities.

Now Leighton Hall gets its turn to celebrate by presenting one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays – Hamlet.

Taking place on July 21-22, Hamlet sees Leighton Hall’s gardens transformed into an alfresco theatre for two consecutive nights.

The Festival Players are no stranger to the back drop that Leighton’s grounds and garden provide.

They’ve brought their travelling theatre to the Carnforth historic house for over 20 years, but this is the first time they’ve done the same play two nights running.

Hamlet contains some of Shakespeare’s most famous quotes “To be or not to be” and “To thine own self be true” and is known as the greatest tragedy in the English language.

Organisers say with a small all male cast and original songs performed live, this two hour outdoor event is a great way to enjoy Shakespeare this summer.

Rain or shine, both shows start at 7.30pm but Leighton’s grounds open at 6pm. Visitors should bring their own seating and warm clothes. Tickets adults £15, children £10 on 01524 734474.