Shakespeare’s Globe on tour

PUBLISHED: 09:39 05 August 2010

Bethan Walker as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe touring production)

Bethan Walker as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe touring production)

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THE world-renowned Globe Theatre has left its London Bankside home to bring one of Shakespeare’s most-loved comedies to Cambridge.

THE world-renowned Globe Theatre has left its London Bankside home to bring one of Shakespeare’s most-loved comedies to Cambridge from Tuesday August 10 to Sunday August 15.

In the outdoor setting of The Master’s Garden in Emmanuel College, the audience will be entertained with a stripped-down version of one the bard’s greatest plays.

Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods outside the city, and walk into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies.

But they are not alone. So, too, does a group of amateur actors rehearsing a play. Between the angry fairies, the bumbling players and the dazed lovers, flies Puck armed with a love juice capable of making anyone fall for the first person they set eyes upon – no matter how unsuitable!

Performed on an Elizabethan-inspired stage, a small troupe of travelling players breathes new life into this delightfully anarchic play. Fast, furious and extremely funny, eight talented actors reinvent renaissance touring theatre for the 21st century with one of Shakespeare’s greatest farces.

Under the leadership of artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre season has gained an international reputation for performance excellence.

Dominic Dromgoole said: “The Globe was born out of a touring company culture, and that culture remained vital to it while it flourished. We are delighted to be exploring again the tradition of taking Shakespeare into non-theatrical spaces.”

Pack a picnic rug and sun-cream, or waterproofs and a hot toddy because the show will go on whatever the weather.

Performances at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday also offer 2.30 performances and 3pm on Sunday. Tickets £15. Call the Cambridge Arts Theatre box office on 01223 503333.

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