THE GUIDE: Cricket-themed ‘chaos and confusion’ in outside Shakespeare performance

A SHAKESPEAREAN comedy will breath life back into performances at the South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell.

The theatre is among those forced to close for several months due to the ongoing pandemic.

But the centre is back in action and inviting visitors along to a socially-distanced night of ‘confusion, chaos, and water fights’ in the amphitheatre.

Scoot Theatre will be staging a cricket-themed, family-friendly production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on September 6.

Six actor-musicians will present Shakespeare’s favourite comedy in just 60 minutes.

The team, originally touring cricket grounds, are eager to get people watching live theatre again in a safe and responsible way.

The show is directed by Joseph O’Malley (The 39 Step, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Ben Hur – The Barn Theatre), and the cast includes Sally Cheng (Twelfth Night & A Christmas Carol – RSC), Max Hutchinson (The Woman in Black – West End & The Downtown Abbey Film), and Tricia Adele-Turner (Dear Evan Hansen, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde – West End).

South Hill Park has advised that face masks must be worn whilst in the amphitheatre where the performance is taking place.

Staff also said for audience to bring a chair or blanket to sit on and get comfortable for the show, plus wearing appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather.

South Hill Park has said if the weather is extreme the production may be relocated or cancelled, and ticket holders will be contacted.

Those who order multiple tickets it will be presumed that everyone is from the same household or bubble and will be sat together.

South Hill Park Arts Centre has said that it is determined that the shows will go on, and has launched a fundraiser to help support the centre through troubling times during the pandemic.

To donate: southhillpark.org.uk/donate

The Shakespeare show will take place at midday, 2.30pm, and 5pm on September 6.

For tickets southhillpark.org.uk/events/a-midsummer-nights-dream or call 01344 413524

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