Jacobean hall plays host to great Shakespeare comedy

SHAKESPEARE’S most famous comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is set to be performed at Kiplin Hall.

The all-male company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will perform the play on the evening of July 8 by the lake in the gardens of the Jacobean hall, near Scorton, Richmond.

The show is an open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and invites an evening of indulgence, when audience members may bring along picnics, deckchairs and a glass of something chilled to enjoy along with their evening of Shakespearean fun.

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Last year’s production by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men of The Tempest, Shakespeare’s final and most enigmatic play, delighted the Kiplin audience.

This year the troupe of classically-trained actors bring to life a play which is traditionally a much more crowd-pleasing comedy, complete with magical fairies, love potions and bombastic players.

Mark Puddle, creative director of The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, said: “The Tempest is a far more thoughtful play, so for this year we decided to go all out and do a raucous, no holds-barred comedy, so A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the natural choice, as it delivers in spades everything we and our audiences want to make a fantastic summer evening. This tale guarantees a rollercoaster journey.” Tickets from 01748 818178.