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Shakespeare’s most popular plays set to feature at Titchfield Festival Theatre

Posted: 17th April 2019

Shakespeare’s most popular plays set to feature in Titchfield Festival Theatre’s Summer Season

Titchfield’s successful and highly popular Bard at the Barn is back again this summer, featuring a number of Shakespeare’s best loved plays.

There will be no fewer than six productions this year, including Shakespeare’s ‘forgotten’ rock & roll masterpiece – Return to the Forbidden Planet, based on the playwright’s celebrated The Tempest as well as the iconic B-movie The Forbidden Planet and Lost in Space. This promises to be a joyous romp through jukebox songs, rock and roll music with fun for all the family. It will be performed at the Oak Theatre, St Margarets Lane.

The historic Great Barn – located only yards away from where England’s most celebrated writer lived and worked for a time – will of course be at the heart of our 2019 summer season. This year, the theatre has chosen William Shakespeare’s most popular plays to give the season a lighter touch including several comedy masterpieces. All of the plays start with the letter “T”, including a performance by the Titchfield Festival Youth Theatre – Time Please, Mr Shakespeare, directed by Johnny O’Hanlon. The plays are: Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night and The Tempest.

Kevin Fraser, Artistic Director of Titchfield Festival Theatre explains, “This year’s Bard at the Barn season will be a real treat for those who love Shakespeare. With a focus on comedy, it will also be an excellent way for people who may be less familiar with his writing to come along and enjoy some of his most famous work. The Great Barn is the perfect place to see arguably one of the Bard’s first ever plays – Two Gentlemen of Verona. And for those of you who enjoy a contemporary twist, we have given The Tempest a unique setting: a motorway service station. The Barn is looking stunning this year with over £100,000 having been spent on the grounds and a new stage and oak hayloft. On a balmy summer night it’s the ideal spot to enjoy an early picnic tea and a Shakespeare T to round it off!

“I am delighted that we have so many young, dynamic and talented directors and actors working with us this year. They include Dan Fox, Abi Linnartz, Emma Bevan, Francesca Nicholson and Lauren Monckton. They bring a fresh, exciting and sometimes radically new look to some of the best loved stories in the English language- Shakespeare I am sure would have been delighted.

The 2019 Shakespeare in the Great Barn season will open on Tuesday 28th May 2019, continuing throughout the summer until Thursday 5th September. All evening performances commence at 7.30pm in the Great Barn, Mill Lane, Titchfield PO15 5RB (with the exception of Return to the Forbidden Planet, which will be performed at the Oak Theatre, St Margarets Lane.) Sunday matinee performances start at 2.30pm

For more information, please go to http://titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com/or contact our Box Office on 01329 556156.