The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival at Bedales announces 2016 Season

Posted on 20th April 2016

The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival is set to return this summer in time to celebrate the 400 Anniversary of the great bard, with a nod to the entire canon by bringing to the stage a Tragedy, a Comedy, a History and… The Tempest!

The intimate theatrical festival will take place in the inspiring grounds of Bedales School, next to the 18th century Sotherington Barn between 13-24 July.

The centrepiece of the festival is a production of Shakespeare’s final and most magical play, The Tempest, directed by rising star Jake Smith. The audience will experience a spectacular storm scene, a masque of goddesses, spirits in the form of a pack of hounds and a half-domesticated monster! The cast includes Fred Davis, fresh from his professional debut at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and original music is composed by Alex Ayling.

To inspire and delight audiences further, the festival is pleased to welcome two acclaimed touring companies: Illyria will perform a family-friendly and upbeat version of A Midsummer’s Night Dream and The Festival Players will provide a complete contrast with an all-male production of Hamlet.

In an innovative double bill, Mark Carey will perform a heart-warming drama of love, war, and one man’s battle with Shakespeare as he goes … Into the Breach! This charming play will be followed by an open air screening of the classic 1944 film, Henry V. The stunning barnyard area at Bedales will be transformed into a perfect space for Shakespearean Summer entertainment.  Bring your picnics or order a pizza and relax with a drink from the Courtyard Bar prior to the performance.  But take heed – ticket numbers are limited so act fast.

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