Classic works brought to the outdoor stage this summer

Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Elmhurst Park, in Woo

Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream to Elmhurst Park, in Woodbridge, and Pride and Prejudice at Alton Water Park this summer - Credit: Archant

A theatre company will be making two Suffolk stops on a tour of outdoor venues.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Elmhurst Park, in Woodbridge, on Saturday, June 27, with a production of Pride and Prejudice at Alton Water Park the following day.

Chapterhouse has toured both productions on a number of occasions since forming in 2000 – and artistic director, Richard Main said Shakespeare’s comic play resonates as deeply with a modern audience as it would have in the Bard’s day.

“Its comedy situations and romance are the foundation stone for every comedy and comedic moment that we see in our own time,” he added.

“It is surprising how little our collective sense of humour has changed over so long a time, but A Midsummer Night’s Dream encapsulates the best in writing, verse and sheer exuberance of theatre and those things seem to last forever.”


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The production includes an original score, live music, physical theatre and creature puppets.

The stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel will directed for the fifth time by Rebecca Gadsby, who said: “Once again, we will study the airs, graces and rules of courtship of this period to bring you an accurate portrayal of romance in the 19th century. Add in your own picnics, warm summer’s evening and a few stars and you have the ideal accompaniment for this beautiful story.”

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The Woodbridge show begins at 7pm, with tickets and information from the Riverside theatre on 01394 382174 or at theriverside.co.uk, or via See Tickets on 0871 220 0260 or at seetickets.com. The show at Alton Water Park begins at 4pm. More details are available on site or via See Tickets.

Audience members are encouraged to take their your own rugs or low-backed seating to both productions.

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