Shakespeare’s comedy feast served up for picnic lovers

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Much Ado About Nothing - Lytham Hall

TUCK into a four-course feast of open air theatre within the shadow of Lytham Hall this summer.

Last night’s starter was a unique interpretation of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, richly served up by Gloucester-based touring outdoor specialists Rain or Shine Theatre Company.

After 13 years of annual productions at King Edward VII School, they made a seamless switch to the more sheltered and quiet Lytham venue for a picnic-loving audience..

And in this light comedy romp embracing the full spectrum of emotions and plenty of verbal jousting, the talented eight-strong cast revelled in some wonderful characters, who at the end of it all, amount to very little ...

There were huge liberties with the great Bard’s original script and several scenes cut – but no matter on a pleasant evening. This was enjoyable entertainment and Shakespeare would have been best pleased to see so many sit back and laugh at a lot of strife about nothing.

The Hall season – continues with three productions from Illyria – Twelfth Night on July 6, Pirates of Penzance on July 14, and Fantastic Mr. Fox on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 28.

Steve Singleton