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along this fea­ture. SEE A PLAY AL­THOUGH Shake­speare can have his bawdy mo­ments, as a gen­eral rule you’ll find a touch of the bard a bit more re­fined that the beau­ti­ful game.

And we are lucky enough to have more than a month of Shake­speare, plus Dad’s Army, on the bill at unique open-air set­ting right on our doorstep.

The Stam­ford Shake­speare sea­son at­tracts more than 34,000 peo­ple ev­ery year, in­clud­ing vis­i­tors from abroad.

The unique To­lethorpe Hall stage has been home to Stam­ford Shake­speare Com­pany (SSC) for the last 34 years.

This year they will be per­form­ing Much Ado About Noth­ing and Othello, as well as Dad’s Army, which is based on the clas­sic BBC tele­vi­sion se­ries.

Othello is a spell-bind­ing and emo­tion­ally charged tale of de­ceit, sex­ual jeal­ousy and be­trayal, which be­gins with the mixed mar­riage be­tween a mid­dle-aged Moor and a young noble Vene­tian girl.

The play deals with the hus­band’s mental tor­ments as doubt and sus­pi­cion are planted in his mind by the machi­na­tions of an am­bi­tious, ruth­less and jeal­ous sub­or­di­nate, Iago, one of Shake­speare’s great­est vil­lains.

Much Ado About Noth­ing is one of Shake­speare’s darker ro­man­tic come­dies, ex­pos­ing the dangers posed to love and friend­ship by de­cep­tion, gos­sip and jeal­ousy.

Fi­nally, Dad’s Army brings the an­tics of the Home Guard of Walm­ing­ton-on-Sea to the stage.

Their bat­tle against the Ger­mans and lo­cal ARP War­den Hodges will see all of the clas­sic char­ac­ters do­ing their best, in­clud­ing “Stupid boy” Pike, “Don’t panic, don’t panic” Jone­sey, “We’re all doomed!” Fraser, “May I be ex­cused, sir?” God­frey, all un­der the com­mand of the re­doubtable Cap­tain Main­war­ing and his ef­fac­ing deputy Sergeant Wil­son.

Thanks to a large canopy cov­er­ing the au­di­to­rium, To­lethorpe of­fers the com­forts of indoor the­atre with the charms of an out­door set­ting.

The wooden decked stage is set in an idyl­lic wood­land glade so no per­for­mance is ever can­celled due to bad weather.

The raked, 600-seat au­di­to­rium with com­fort­able seat­ing is pro­tected from sum­mer show­ers by a unique per­ma­nent canopy mak­ing it the only the­atre of its kind in Europe.

Why not take along a pic­nic to en­joy on the lawn, or en­joy a drink at the the­atre bar ad­ja­cent to a spa­cious or­angery, or a meal at the 90-seat res­tau­rant.

SSC is a reg­is­tered char­ity, and all the money made from ticket sales is ploughed back into the up­keep of To­lethorpe and next year’s shows.

The sea­son has al­ready started, and will con­tinue un­til Satur­day, Au­gust 28.

Tick­ets prices range from £9 to £16. Evening shows are at 8pm, with Satur­day mati­nees at 1.30pm.

To book, call 01780 756133 or visit www.stam­ford­shake­ BE A DANC­ING QUEEN The glitzy world of pop sen­sa­tions ABBA is pos­si­bly about as far away from a game of foot­ball as you can get.

So for a com­plete break, head down to Burgh­ley House in Stam­ford for trib­ute act Björn Again.

The show is tak­ing place at the same time as the first Eng­land game this Satur­day, so it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to leave be­hind the beau­ti­ful game.

Björn Again will be sup­ported by ’80s sen­sa­tion Bucks Fizz, fea­tur­ing Ch­eryl Baker.

Take a pic­nic, friends and sing a long for an evening to re­mem­ber.

Gates open at 5pm and the per­for­mance will start at 8pm. Ad­vance tick­ets cost £28.50 for adults and £15 for chil­dren aged five to 15. Un­der 5s are free. Tick­ets on the gate cost more.

Call 01780 752451 to book your tick­ets.

OUT­DOOR SHAKE­SPEARE: Much Ado About Noth­ing is on at To­lethorpe hall while there is much ado about the foot­ball.

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