Bard’s Night at the meadow

A scene from Twelfth Night.
A scene from Twelfth Night.

The love triangle of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will untangle on the wildflower meadow at Brockholes nature reserve near Preston this weekend.

Gloucestershire’s Festival Players will bring the play to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve as part of their tour of outdoor venues including Scottish castles, English village greens, Welsh gardens, London squares and cafes and Roman amphitheatres.

The comedy visits the court of Duke Orsino in Illyria where the love triangle involves the Duke, a grieving duchess and a woman posing as a young man. Shakespeare also threw in a drunken knight, a foppish lord and a wily jester.

Jasmine Darke, who played Olivia in the Festival Players 2004 production of Twelfth Night, will reprise the role whilst Kirsty Cox will play the coveted role of Viola. Paul Thomas, who played Launcelot Gobbo and Nerissa in the Players’ 2009 production of The Merchant of Venice, will be the foppish Sir Andrew Aguecheek.

Music will be specially written for both productions by folk star Johnny Coppin (front man of the cult Seventies folk-rock group Decameron).

Twelfth Night, on Sunday July 29, will be the first of three plays at Brockholes over summer with Sleeping Beauty on August 18 and The Railway Children on August 29.

The plays take place on the wildflower meadow, easily accessible from the car park with views around the nature reserve.

Twelfth Night begins at 2pm and the audience must bring their own chairs. Organisers suggest people arrive early for picnics and to walk around the reserve.

Tickets are £13 for adults and £9 for children. There is a family offer of four tickets for £39 and anyone booking before July 6 will receive £1 off per person.

For more information or to book call 01772 872000.