Mak­ing his­tory come to life

An am­bi­tious pro­duc­tion of a Shake­speare play is de­signed to en­ter­tain au­di­ences and be a fan­tas­tic night for all. Laura Mowat talks to the pro­ducer and direc­tor about what can be ex­pected.

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BEA­CONS­FIELD-BASED, The Gar­den Play­ers, an am­a­teur act­ing com­pany, will per­form Henry 1V, Part I from Wed­nes­day, June 17 un­til Satur­day, June 20 at Stub­bings House, near Maiden­head.

The play, which is be­lieved to have been writ­ten in 1597, is both a his­tory and a com­edy pro­duc­tion.

It ex­hibits a span of his­tory that be­gins with Hot­spur’s battle in Northum­ber­land against the Dou­glas late in 1402, and ends with the de­feat of the rebels at Shrews­bury in the mid­dle of 1403. Pro­ducer of the play, Steve McA­dam, of Led­bor­ough Wood in Bea­cons­field, said: “As our rep­u­ta­tion has grown, we have at­tracted au­di­ences from all across the Thames Val­ley. There are ac­tors from all over. It is one of our favourite plays as a group and it is my per­sonal favourite, I think that it is Shake­speare’s great­est cre­ation.”

In the play, the char­ac­ter Fal­staff is Gra­ham Weeks, Hal is played by Wil­liam Branston, King Henry by Steve McA­dam and Henry Percy by Tim Har­ling with Grainne Har­ling play­ing Lady Percy.

Mr McA­dam, who has lived in Bea­cons­field for 32 years, added: “The ac­tor who plays Fal­staff has had us all laugh­ing so much in re­hearsals.

“We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted with how it has turned out, we have a very strong cast. The play is very ac­ces­si­ble, it is his­tory. There will be fun, ex­cite­ment and fan­tas­tic act­ing. The set­ting is mag­nif­i­cent and it will cre­ate a great at­mos­phere for the play.”

The per­for­mance will be rais­ing funds

for Child Be­reave­ment UK, which sup­ports chil­dren and par­ents when there is a be­reave­ment and Sport­sAble, a sports dis­abil­ity char­ity.

It is an open-air play, but au­di­ences will be un­der cover and peo­ple can go and en­joy a pic­nic in the grounds.

Direc­tor, John Timewell, said: “It is a fan­tas­tic play and very funny. We have some im­pres­sive battle scenes and horses fea­ture in the play. “It will be a great evening out.” The 22-strong cast have been re­hears­ing since March for the play.

The group was founded in 2008 and since its in­au­gu­ral 2009 pro­duc­tion on Much Ado About Noth­ing, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has raised in ex­cess of £63,000 for char­ity.

The Gar­den Play­ers bring Henry IV, Part I to Stub­bings House next week

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