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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.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk 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.