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18th July 2015
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How wonderful to sit back, relax and enjoy a picnic before watching a spectacular performance of highly visual theatre. 

Running over eight weeks (13th July to 29th August), The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival offers 8 fabulous productions performed in full period costume with live Elizabethan music. 

Here is a brief introduction of what you can expect: 

Titus Andronicus @ Robinson College Gardens

13th July to 1st August

Titus Andronicus is a cataclysmic cycle of revenge between the families of Titus, the great Roman general, and Tamora, the Queen of the Goths. Each of their barbarous acts of revenge brings even more brutal acts of retaliation. 

The Merry Wives of Windsor @ King’s College Gardens

13th July to 1st August

Sir John Falstaff gets more than he bargained for when he simultaneously pursues two wealthy married women. Upon receiving identical copies of Falstaff’s love letter, the spirited Mistresses Ford and Page cook up a scheme of their own to teach the fat knight a lesson, with uproariously funny results.  

Romeo and Juliet @ St John’s College Gardens

13th July to 1st August

The tragic courtship of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers is played out once more in the exquisite setting of St John’s College Gardens. 

Love’s Labour’s Lost @ Downing College Gardens

13th July to 1st August

The King of Navarre and his three companions swear a very public oath to study together and to renounce women for three years. Their honour is immediately put to the test by the arrival of the Princess of France and her three lovely companions.  

Much Ado about Nothing – Trinity College Gardens

3rd August to 22nd August

This sharp and witty battle of the sexes, set in the stunning gardens of Trinity College, tells of the effervescent Beatrice – determined never to marry – and the confirmed bachelor, Benedick, and the efforts of their friends to bring them together in the most unlikely of unions. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ St John’s College Gardens

3rd August to 22nd August

This captivating production brings to life all the magic and humour of Shakespeare’s best-loved play. Why not invite your children to come along dressed as fairies to add to what promises to be a spectacular evening! 

Timon of Athens @ Robinson College Gardens

3rd August to 22nd August

When the overly generous Timon realises he’s given away too many of his worldly goods to people he thinks are his friends, he becomes disillusioned when no one will help when he finds himself in need of support.  

Macbeth @ King’s College Gardens

3rd August to 29th August

This moon-bathed and dynamic production brings together the themes of madness, the thirst for power, and the darkness of the supernatural before reaching an explosive conclusion. 

Gates open for each performance at 6:30pm with all performances beginning at 7:30pm and ending around 10:00pm.  Mulled wine is served during the interval. 

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. 

Following the show, why not venture back in to Cambridge City Centre and enjoy a drink and a meal. The atmosphere will be electric!

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