Summer is here and time for Shakespeare in the park
PUBLISHED: 18:22 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:11 11 August 2010
NOW IT seems as if summer has arrived, what more appropriate over the next two weeks, then Shakespeare in the park. Romford Summer Theatre, bring to the beautiful Raphael Park in Romford, their 47th production of the Bard of Avon with the comedy, All s We
NOW IT seems as if summer has arrived, what more appropriate over the next two weeks, then Shakespeare in the park.
Romford Summer Theatre, bring to the beautiful Raphael Park in Romford, their 47th production of the Bard of Avon with the comedy, All's Well that Ends Well.
The comedy broaches the boundaries of serious drama as well as bringing a wry smile, and over the centuries, it has become a much loved piece of work by Shakespearean scholars.
Set in the Cavalier period of 17th century Florence, the large cast are rich in talent and costumes of the era, and set against the beautiful tree filled background by the lake, promises to give six nights of pure pleasure.
Directed by Vernon Keeble-Watson, the tale is of the beautiful daughter of an apothecary, Helena, played by Jessica Randell, who has her sights on the handsome hero, Bertram, played by Will Fox.
"In terms of a comedy, this is very funny and Shakespeare put some superb moments in the script which catch you by surprise," he said.
Romford Summer Theatre, formed by Con and Grant Chandler and Gordon Humby, have concentrated on Shakespeare's comedies over the years. As Con said recently: "We only do Shakespeare's comedies. In fact the only one we have not done is the Tempest, as it starts with a terrible storm.
"Fortunately there are not too many of those in Raphael Park on a balmy summer's evening, though we have come close a couple of times I have to say."
Featuring regular local Shakespearean actors such as Jim Rimel, Lindsay Hollingsworth, Lauren Bracewell, John Lester and Darren Matthews, the company entered this week with the final rehearsals and are now primed for the audiences and weather.
Sponsored by Romford accountants, Clemence, Hoar, Cummings the company will be giving six performances over the next two weeks, starting from this Thursday, June 12 to Saturday, June 14, and next week, Thursday to Saturday, June 19 - 21.
Tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased on any performance night at the rockery, which is at the far end of the lake in Raphael Park. Special party rates can be arranged by calling Con Chandler on 01708 445126.
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