SHAKESPEARE’S Globe will stop off at Hodsock Priory this month with a new summer production of the Bard’s delightful comedy As You Like It as part of its 2011 UK tour.
Directed by James Dacre, a small troupe of actors will present a stripped-down version of Shakespeare’s enchanting play in this beautiful open air setting, reviving the old Globe tradition of outdoor playing,
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 runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance - cross-dressing and love-notes, poetry and brilliant conversation, gentle satire, slapstick and passion.
Artistic director Dominic Dromgoole said: “The Globe was born out of a touring company culture, and that culture remained vital to it while it flourished.”
“It was with great pride that we resurrected this tradition in summer 2007 after a 400-year break, and we are delighted to be visiting so many stunning venues again this year, including Hodsock Priory.”
Tickets for the 7.30pm show which runs from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th June are priced £17.50 for adults and £12 for children.
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