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13th JUL 2018
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Leisure : Theatre
10/07/2018 to 14/07/2018 GORING GAP PLAYERS OPEN AIR PERFORMANCE - THE RIVALS

The Goring Gap Players and the Basildonians are presenting a joint open-air production of ‘The Rivals’ by Sheridan, directed by Barry Steele – in the beautiful grounds of Little Bowden (near Pangbourne). This follows the very successful 2014 production of Midsummer Night’s Dream in the same gardens. Lovers of this most popular of Sheridan’s comedies will delight again in the well-known characters of Mrs Malaprop (with her wrong words) and Sir Lucius O’Trigger (the wild Irish Baronet), also the deceptions and love-tangles of Jack Absolute and Lydia Languish - and their young friends - all as set in Bath, the then racy holiday destination of the late 1700s.
The Gardens of Little Bowden, near Pangbourne RG8 8JR
MORE INFO: Jean Betteridge 01491 873530   goringgapplayers@gmail.com   Event Web Site
11/07/2018 to 21/07/2018 READING OPEN AIR SHAKESPEARE - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Enjoy an open-air production.of this great Shakespearean comedy - although with a touch of darkness. Much Ado About Nothing follows the return of soldiers from war. Packed with intrigue, double-crossing and plenty of laughter, Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare. Following the turbulent romances between Hero and Claudio and Beatrice and Benedict, this exploration of what loyalty, chivalry, and true love really mean empowers us to challenge our perceptions of relationships. Our production moves the story from Italy to an English house at the conclusion of World War Two. It will be using the story of the lovers to explore the nature of the relationship between men and women as well as exploring themes of jealousy and class. Leonato welcomes his friends back from war. His daughter, Hero, is in love with Claudio. His niece, Beatrice, verbally spars with Benedict. Can their friends conspire to bring them together? Will ill-intentioned Don John succeed in driving Claudio and Hero apart? Can Leonatos's sister, Antonia, come up with a plan to save the day? Can the watchmen overcome their incompetence to bring out the truth?
Reading Abbey Ruins, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Tony Wernham 0118 384 2169
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
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