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Hertford Castle Open Air Theatre

Posted in Press Release

Hertford Castle will yet again be the backdrop to two Open Air Theatre performances on the Castle lawn, on Saturday 17th June, organised by Hertford Town Council. 

The first show, at 2.30pm, will be a family-friendly performance of the much-loved book of The Wind in the Willows, featuring a cast of animals including Mole, Ratty, Mr. Badger and the wealthy but wild Mr. Toad. Originally written by Kenneth Grahame, it was adapted for stage by Michael Whitmore and will be performed by Quantum Theatre. 

Join the gang on this wild and exciting adventure, sure to leave you in stiches but conveys friendship, courage, consequences, and bravery. 

The second show, at 7pm, will be the classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Michael Whitmore and performed again by Quantum Theatre. Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love and intrigue, magic, and mayhem, is brought to life in a wonderfully funny and exuberant production of the Shakespeare classic.

Set on that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it seems, four young, unsuspecting lovers become entangled in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitched and bewitching woods outside Athens. This exciting, funny, and enchanting production is a treat for the whole family and suitable for all age groups.

Gates will open half an hour before each performance and visitors can pitch up their picnic chairs, bring their own food and drink, or enjoy refreshments available to purchase from food and drink stalls throughout the performances.

Tickets need to be purchased in advance of the event for £10 (free for children under 2-year-olds) and are available online at www.hertford.gov.uk/events and from Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 01992 584322.

The Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: "Hertford Castle’s grounds are the perfect place for open air theatre performances, with the Castle as the backdrop. The two plays to be performed are particularly suited to the setting, and I hope we will see large audiences for both to enjoy the experience."

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