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Open-air theatre in the grounds of Allington Castle

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Date: 27th July 2019

Venue:

Allington Castle, Castle Road, Allington ME16 0NB

We are proud to present two open-air performances in partnership with The Changeling Theatre Company. Enjoy the masterpieces; Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale and The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare in the beautiful grounds of the private residence of Allington Castle. The performances take place on Saturday 27th July 2019:

2pm – Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale

And the smash hit musical comedy from the Globe, Nell Gwynn.

“They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They put a woman on the stage!”

London, 1660, King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with the love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. And at Drury Lane a young Nell Gwynn is causing stirrings amongst the theatre goers. Nell Gwynne charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley, to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, and her hard won place in the heart of the King. But at a time when women are second class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court?”

The British playwright Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015 and was nominated for five awards, winning a 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Similarly to Gwynn’s controversy within the plot, the plays premiere also created debate for drama-lovers due to the casting of Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the protagonist Nell Gwynn. The mixed-race woman was to play a historically white figure, nevertheless the actors remarkable performance which led to her nomination for Best Actress at the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, quelled all questioning.

7.30pm – The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

‘It is required, you do awake your faith.’

The Winters Tale, a wonderful fairy story set in Sicily and Bohemia. Leontes has everything a man could want, Wealth, power, a family that loves him and friends.But he is not at peace. Inside he harbours a bitter jealousy that drives him To destroy all he holds dear. Many years later, in a distant country, a journey begins that may ultimately heal his pain and reunite his family. With all the crazy antics of the Changeling magic, plus beautiful costumes and just hint of …ABBA

The play contains Shakespeare’s most famous but challenging stage direction: ‘Exit pursued by a bear.’

Tickets are priced at £30 for adults and £10 for children. all tickets include a glass of bubbly or a soft drink

To book your tickets for this exclusive event please visit

Nell Gwynn - https://hokh.charitycheckout.co.uk/NellGywnn

The Winter’s Tale - https://hokh.charitycheckout.co.uk/TheWintersTale

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