Chepstow's festival of drama continues apace with the best of the Bard
10:08am Wednesday 4th July 2012 in News
The Chepstow festival continues apace with a open air performance at Chepstow Castle of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, tomorrow (Thurs)at 7.30pm. The war is over but not between Benedick and Beatrice! Amid a flurry of 1940s RAF uniforms and a whirlwind of war-time song and dance, this much-loved Shakespeare comedy promises to be fun in this show by Heartbreak productions.
On Tuesday, July 10, at 7.30pm, the Festival Players company will make their debut at Chepstow Castle, with Richard III.
David Lee-Jones, in the title role, is believed to be the first British-Chinese actor to take on the mantle of one of Shakespeare's most famous villains.
In his play, the Bard crafted a Machiavellian character of gargantuan ego and ambition: Richard Duke of Gloucester, who will stop at nothing to gain the crown.
Tickets for both shows are available from Chepstow Museum on 01291 625981.
Meanwhile Abergavenny castle is the venue as Illyria Theatre Company celebrate the 'Best of British' with two well-loved productions: Shakespeare's Henry V tonight, July 4, at 7pm and Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore on Thursday, July 5, at 7pm. and at Chepstow Castle on Friday, July, 6, 7.30pm Henry V - Shakespeare's most popular historical drama Ð tells the gripping story of an inexperienced king who leads a small and weakened army into the battle of Agincourt against the might of the French battalions.
Set on board a warship, HMS Pinafore mocks such Great British institutions as Class, Patriotism and the Royal Navy. Josephine the Captain's daughter is in love with a common sailor, but her father wants her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty.
DonÕt forget to bring a picnic, warm, waterproof clothing and something to sit on. A bar will be available. In cases of extreme weather these performances will be moved to the Borough Theatre.
Tickets £11 (cons £9/family ticket £36). If you book for both shows buy tickets for one show get the other half price. Tickets from the box office 01873 850805.