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OUR NEXT PRODUCTION: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

At Little Moreton Hall in July!

We may only just be emerging from the depths of winter, but Alsager Community Theatre is already looking forward to its summer open-air production.

Every July, the award-winning local group is invited by the National Trust to perform in the courtyard of Cheshire’s most delightful historic manor house, Little Moreton Hall. This year’s production is Shakespeare’s celebrated comedyMuch Ado About Nothing.

Peace breaks out and a number of gentlemen soldiers arrive at the home of Leonato, Governor of Messina, for a house party. These include Benedick and his new best friend, Claudio; Don Pedro (Prince of Arragon) and his illegitimate brother Don John. Thus the stage is set for partying, match-making, courtship and mischief. The tone turns darker when the life of Leonato’s daughter, Hero, is threatened by a dastardly plot. Broad humour is provided by the town watchmen led by constable Dogberry (famed for his glorious malapropisms) and his side-kick Verges.  Much Ado not only features one of the most famous pairs of sparring would-be lovers in English literature: Beatrice and Benedick, but boasts a host of interesting and rewarding parts for men and women of all ages.

Auditions have taken place and the play is fully cast.  Rehearsals have begun and the play will be performed in the Courtyard of Little Moreton Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings in the two weeks beginning on Wednesday 13 July.  Details here and a Press Release here.

Our last production: Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.Arcadia poster

 

 

Director Maree Thorpe of Alsager Community Theatre directed the group’s very successful Spring production of Arcadia, a comedy by Tom Stoppard which was performed in the Alsager Civic between 26 and 29 March 2014.

 Two present day historians (Hannah and Bernard) are researching events of 1809 in Lord Croom’s country house: events involving Byron, poetry, adultery, a duel, a hermit, gardening and mathematics.

Thomasina and Septimus are student and tutor living through these events in 1809.

The action alternates between the two time zones as the conjectures of the present are weighed against the actuality of the past in complex and dazzling style.

Arcadia was performed for enthusiastic audiences, at Alsager Civic from Wednesday 26 March to Saturday 29 March 2014.

For more details, see our Press Release (20 January) by clicking here!