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New Place Revives Shakespeare Connection

Midsummer Nights Dream - New Place Hotel

Named after the birthplace of history’s most famous playwright, New Place Hotel is celebrating its association with William Shakespeare with an open-air production of  his best-loved romantic comedy, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

 On Sunday 28th July, the beautiful gardens surrounding the Edwardian manor house of New Place Hotel in Shirrell Heath will be transformed into an open-air theatre for one of Shakespeare’s most popular and celebrated plays.

With magical spells, woodland fairies and, of course, the infamous ‘Bottom’, creating hilarity amongst various romantic entanglements, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is being brought to New Place Hotel by renowned UK touring troupe, the Chapterhouse Theatre Company.

‘In 1904, Mrs A.S. Franklyn commissioned renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens to design a house that incorporated the magnificent interior of an early 17th century mansion in Bristol she had inherited and to perpetuate the name of Shakespeare’s house in Stratford called ‘New Place’, explains Richard Powell, General Manager of New Place Hotel.  ‘The Franklyn and Arden families were connected  through Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden.’

The family production features beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful musical score and enchanting woodland creatures, and the hotel will be providing a full event bar and barbeque from 6pm, with sweets and snacks available for the show.

‘We have been doing a lot of work with historical societies and archivists to uncover the rich history of the house, so a garden entertainment of  Midsummer Night’s Dream couldn’t be more appropriate for this time of year.’

Tickets cost £10.00 for adults, £8.00 for child and £36.00 for a family of four. For more information click.

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