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A midsummer night's theatre

The Globe Theatre is setting up camp in Heaton Park later this month

Published on June 9th 2010.


A midsummer night's theatre

In certain lights and at certain times of day, Heaton Park could almost be described as 'enchanting'. When the Globe Theatre Company arrive there on 17 June, they'll be hoping that it's at its most beguiling. They'll be using the park as the backdrop for A Midsummer Night's Dream which is set in the dreamlike surroundings of fairyland.

The play will be performed outdoors on an Elizabethan-inspired stage by a small troupe of travelling players, which sounds delightful. It's a romantic comedy in the earliest incarnation of the form – think changelings and love potions rather than Jennifer Aniston and a cute puppy dog.

The definition of 'comedy' has changed over the years as well – whether there will be any genuine laughs or just a lot of people pretending to find the Bard hilarious is yet to be seen. The Globe Theatre Company is the original purveyor of Shakespearean drama so a high-quality production is guaranteed either way.

The performances take place outside the Dower House, home of the Manchester Beekeepers Association who produce their own brand of Heaton Park Honey. It's a static play, not one of those ones where you follow the players through the woods from scene to scene. Bring a low back chair or a rug and some cushions to keep you comfortable for the full two-hour plus show.

The field will be open one hour before the start of each performance for pre-play picnics. You can buy refreshments (including alcohol) before it starts and during the interval. The show will go on in all but the most extreme weather so dress appropriately.

Performances are suitable for all ages and are expected to be popular so early booking is recommended.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Heaton Park, 17-20 June, £15 adults, £10 children, 0843 208 0500, www.quaytickets.com

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