Stories come alive at National Trust property
5th August 2010
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THE summer of stories continues at Coughton Court, near Alcester this August as the popular tourist attraction brings to life the stories of Arden and Shakespeare.

On August 14 and 15, visitors to the popular Tudor mansion can join in story telling sessions by the Pied Piper who will tell the tales of Coughton fables. Also, on the Sunday there is a quieter story time sitting on rugs in the historic parkland.

“It’s a fantastic family day out as our visitors can enjoy the stories, make woodland kites, have their faces painted, enjoy games in the garden such as Topple Tower and hoopla,” commented Christian Walker, operations manager.

“There are also three different adventure packs for our younger visitors to take on a walk of the wider estate that bring the wild life to life.”

On August 14 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men will be performing The Tempest amid the beautiful grounds of the National Trust property. The Tempest was Shakespeare’s last complete play and has an action-packed plot which combines romance, comedy and magic.

Mark Puddle, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men founder and creative director said: “We’ve assembled a terrific cast, and there are so many memorable characters and some of the most famous speeches Shakespeare ever wrote, so it should make a fantastic summer evening.”

“We are delighted to welcome the Lord Chamberlain’s Men to Coughton Court for what will be an excellent evening of entertainment,” added Sarah Kinnersley, visitor services assistant.

“Visitors can relax and watch the drama unfold against a beautiful backdrop.”

People should bring a picnic and low-back chairs or a rug to sit on, and wear suitable outdoor clothing. No barbecues or patio umbrellas are permitted.

Tickets for the theatre performance are £13 for adults and £8 for children. There is also a family ticket for two adults and two children priced at £34. Gates open at 6.30pm and the performance will start at 7.30pm.

No booking is required for the daytime family activities. For more information or to reserve tickets for the theatre performance call 01789 400777.

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