Shakespeare fans don’t need to travel to London to experience the atmosphere of The Globe, as a company of actors from the Elizabethan theatre is headed for Kent.
Over the course of one glorious weekend at the end of May, a selection of the bard’s great plays will be performed in the grounds of Chilham Castle.
Continuing with a tradition that goes as far back as Shakespeare’s day, the actors will complete their run in London, then take their plays on tour.
Due to the constraints of touring, each of the players will perform a number of roles across the productions, showing a high level of ingenuity.
The plays set to be performed in the grounds between May 25th and 27th are The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew.
A final slot has been left empty for one of the matinee performances, which will come down to a choice from the audience as to which of the plays they wish to see.
Directed by Brendan O’Hea, the eight members of the cast will be: Luke Brady, Steffan Cennydd, Cynthia Emeagi, Sarah Finigan, Colm Gormley, Russell Layton, Rhianna McGreevy and Jacqueline Phillips.
Mr O’Hea said: “The combination of Shakespeare, the Globe and touring ticks every box for me. The chance to share those glorious words and my experience of playing that beautiful theatre with audiences throughout the world excites me beyond measure.
“And I’m relishing the opportunity to direct three of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in a unique and unpredictable presentation.”
All tickets include entry into Chilham Castle's grounds two hours prior to the performance, offering you the chance to explore this beautiful Kent setting.
As well as standard and student tickets, special premium packages are available, which include a champagne and canape reception in the Grand Hall.
Unusually, Chilham Castle is a manor house with a Norman keep, which is where its name came from.
The keep dates back to 1174 and the house, thought to have been commissioned by Henry II, stands on the foundations of an Anglo-Saxon fortification.
Many members of royalty and noblemen and women have visited Chilham Castle over the centuries, but it continues to be used as a residence, serving as the home of the Wheeler family.
Why not make an occasion of your visit, gather friends and family together and make use of a private coach to transport you all to the castle and back again without any fuss?
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