‘All the world’s a stage’, claims Jaques in As You Like It. We’ve taken Shakespeare at his word and will be hosting multiple theatrical events at our Garden this summer.
After the success of the Handlebards' Shakespearian performances, next to grace the Garden stage (and a great one for the kids) will be touring outdoor theatre company, Illyria, with Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. A fast-paced, exciting show adapted from the Arabian Nights, this performance will have lots to join in with, laughs galore and a magical cave, no less! The play is suitable for 5+, and grown-up may be intrigued to see how just five actors will play all 40 thieves at once! Illyria will be performing here at 2:30pm on Saturday 27th July. Tickets for this 5* production can be found here.
Last but not least, IK Productions will be bringing A Sword in the Stone to us on Monday 26th August at 2.30pm. Wizards, magic swords, knights in shining armour and the throne of England: see for yourself exactly how Arthur became the most renowned King of England in this madcap, hilarious retelling of the legendary English legend. As with all the performances this summer, picnics are welcome. There is no seating provided, so please bring something to sit on. Tickets and more information are available here.
Meanwhile, Art Unbound is thriving, attracting visitors from far and wide. There are a huge range of art workshops taking place to complement the exhibition for both children and adults: do take a moment to find out more on our Courses page. The lupins, irises and foxgloves are filling the Exedra Garden and Eagle House Border with colour, and the Kitchen Garden is quickly shooting up. And our lovely café is continuing to delight with its homemade treats, warming coffee and light meals. For more info on our Cafe and our menu, visit this page.
Some frequently-asked questions... You're welcome to bring a picnic to all of these theatrical events - though do beware that you will need to carry it down there, and the route is steep. Picnickers with blankets will be at the front and those with deck chairs will be seated towards the rear of the performance area. We are ok with well-behaved dogs which can be trusted not to disturb the show and pilfer from other picnics! Regrettably the Bowling Green is very tricky to get to for those with mobility difficulties. Gates (and the temporary box office) open an hour in advance of the show for you to get down to the Bowling Green and set up.
Photograph: Ian Peters of Stroud Camera Club