Shakespeare comes to Vivary Park in Taunton
25th May 2012
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Outdoor Shakespeare this summer in Vivary Park

On Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 July The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre present Shakespeare’s Globe with As You Like It in Vivary Park. They have previously toured to Taunton with The Comedy Of Errors in 2010 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2009.

Rosalind, the daughter of a banished Duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match, but her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity, banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy she seeks out her father and his friends in the Forest of Arden.  Here she meets Orlando again, and under the guise of a young man, counsels him in the art of love.  As You Like It is a glorious and fun romance; filled with cross-dressing and love-notes; poetry and brilliant conversation; gentle satire, slapstick and passion.

A vibrant cast and creative team bring Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy to life this summer.  Using an Elizabethan-inspired stage, influenced by paintings and etchings from Shakespeare’s time when touring was prevalent, eight actors will visit beautiful and inspiring settings across the UK and Europe with this scaled-down production.  

James Dacre directs this production again, following the success of the show in other locations last year.  He has  previously directed King James Bible (National Theatre), Judgement Day (The Print Room) Orpheus and Eurydice (National Youth Theatre / Old Vic), The Unconquered (Stellar Quines, UK Tour and Off-Broadway transfer), Nightshifts (Traverse Write Here Now) and Desire Under the Elms, Copenhagen and Bus Stop (New Vic Theatre, where he was Artistic Associate). 

His world premiere production of The Mountaintop (Theatre503 and Trafalgar Studios) won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play and was nominated for a further five awards and Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios) won Best Play at the 2011 London Theatre Festival Awards and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award.  James has directed world premieres by Mike Poulton, Torben Betts, Ella Hickson, Katori Hall, Dic Edwards, Suzan Lori Parks, Ed Kemp and Molly Davies amongst others.  He has been awarded Fulbright and Schubert Fellowships in Theatre Directing and trained on the ITV/Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director’s Scheme.   

Will Featherstone takes on the role of Orlando.  Will studied at LAMDA and has become a Globe regular since graduating in 2010.  He has just been on tour with John Dove’s production of Anne Boleyn.  At the end of last year Will appeared in Northern Stage’s The Glass Slipper directed by Erica Whyman.    

Deirdre Mullins will be appearing as Rosalind.  Deirdre most recently appeared at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 16 Possible Glimpses, directed by Wayne Jordan.  She has also toured with Headlong Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Natalie Abrahami and has appeared in Measure For Measure, directed by Jamie Glover.  

Beth Park joins the cast as Celia.  Beth has previously appeared in Bus Stop at the New Vic directed by James Dacre, Good at The Royal Exchange Theatre directed by Polly Findlay and Arcadia with the Manchester Library Theatre Company

Will Oxborrow, who appeared in the production last year reprises the role of Oliver/Cronin. Will appeared in Good directed by Polly Findlay and has performed most recently in Globe Education’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank project and its production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Emma Pallant joins the cast as Phoebe and Jacques.  Emma has performed regularly at the Globe and has previously toured with The Comedy Of Errors and As You Like It. Most recently she has been touring with the A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Will Oxborrow. She has previously performed at the RSC, Salisbury Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Orange Tree Theatre.

Don’t miss this brilliant production from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Performance times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Sat & Sun matinee 2pm.

Tickets cost £16, concessions £11.

For more information and to book tickets, contact The Brewhouse Box Office on 01823 283244 or visit
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