Festival Players to present a unique production of the classic tragedy and raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
Summer brings the annual Shakespeare in the Garden event at Sand in Sidbury. As usual it will be the Festival Players from Gloucestershire who present their authentic production of Shakespeare in this 400th anniversary year of the playwright’s death.
To mark the anniversary the players will present Hamlet, his most famous play and probably the greatest tragedy in the English language. This will be a full costume production by an all-male cast in the traditional manner. For the six players this means multiple roles and quick costume changes as well as providing the instrumental and song accompaniments. Artistic director Michael Dyer’s aim is to provide “ …an amalgam of energy, entertainment and colour” whilst keeping the message clear and transparent and the play a comfortable length at two hours. “We set out to take audiences of all ages on a journey and make them feel very much part of the production.”
The event will, as usual, support not only the historic property, but also ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the national charity of the British Army. Colonel Robert Jordan, Devon County Chairman and Regional Director, said “We give a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families in times of need. We have been working with veterans from every conflict since 1944 and aim to do so for the ‘long haul’ – supporting all future generations of our soldiers and their dependants. Proceeds from this event will help to sustain our work here in Devon”.
The organisers are extremely grateful to Fields of Sidmouth for, once again, generously providing sponsorship for this event.
The performance is on Thursday 7th July at 7:30pm. Gates open at 6pm for picnics. Advance tickets costing £13.50 (adult) or £9 (child) are available from Paragon Books, 38 High St, Sidmouth or by post from Sand (01395 597230). Tickets on the night will be an additional £2.