Five-star five-person Shakespeare returns home to Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 16:45 09 August 2010

Mark Hayward, Caitlin Storey and Ross Drury performing Much Ado About Nothing

Mark Hayward, Caitlin Storey and Ross Drury performing Much Ado About Nothing

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CRITICALLY acclaimed outdoor theatre company The Pantaloons are returning to Bridge End Gardens in Saffron Walden for two nights of open-air Shakespeare mayhem.

The Pantaloons

CRITICALLY acclaimed outdoor theatre company The Pantaloons are returning to Bridge End Gardens in Saffron Walden for two nights of open-air Shakespeare mayhem.

The five-person company, who all hail from the town, have been receiving rave reviews up and down the country.

And they are pleased to be returning to the historic venue (they enjoyed great success with their last play there, Macbeth) with their hilarious, original and fast-paced production of Much Ado About Nothing.

This production is sure to put a smile on even the glummest face, using audience interaction, contemporary references, slapstick and original live music all nestled comfortably within the verse.

By making the clowns an integral part of the show, The Pantaloons bring a traditional element back to Shakespeare’s work, making it accessible to people of all ages without dumbing down.

The Pantaloons formed in 2004 and their reach and popularity has grown each year. The company have tackled classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew.

2009 saw their most successful show yet, Twelfth Night, which was performed at Bridge End Gardens.

Much Ado About Nothing promises to be fast-paced, brimming with comic energy, and full of contemporary twists to make this much loved tale even more memorable.

Spokesman Caitlin Storey said: “Our style is accessible for everyone: from little children who enjoy the bright colours and puppets to teenagers who discover a fun new way to approach their Shakespeare studies.

“Everyone loves the interaction, the fun nature and the lively music and it’s just something different.

“In our productions the audience’s imagination is just as important as ours – we invite them into the world of the play and a scene’s direction can completely change based on an audience member’s suggestion.

“We are thrilled to be back and performing in such a beautiful location as Bridge End Gardens.”

Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic and something to sit on – and to dress for the weather.

The production is being held on Friday August 27 (7pm), and Saturday August 28 (2pm and 7pm).

For a full list of tour dates and to book tickets visit thepantaloons.co.uk

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