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Once again on August 27th, Bank Holiday Monday, the tiny hilltop village of Penallt, just 4 miles South of Monmouth, hosts a matinee performance (3pm) by the Rain or Shine Theatre Company of Shakespeare’s iconic and hilarious play As You Like It. It is set in the outdoor arena at Babington Meadow, a beautiful and verdant, purpose built venue with stunning views over the Wye Valley.
…Duke Senior overthrown in coup d’etat by Duke Frederick… the former is banished and flees with his supporters to the Forest of Arden… …Celebratory games for Frederick are arranged, including the court’s favourite, wrestling; Charles the wrestler will take on all challengers… …One of these is Orlando, son of a man loyal to the usurped Duke; attending the wrestling will be the usurper’s daughter, Celia, and niece, Rosalind – daughter of the old Duke, and someone Frederick does not trust…
…Could further banishments be on the cards? Who will triumph in the wrestling? Will either of the ladies fall for the victor? Will ladies dress as men… or vice versa? Will Rain or Shine present an evening of fun and mirth ‘As You Like It’? You already know the answers! For being Shakespeare’s great comic romance, after much trial and tribulation, love will be found, right will prevail and the Forest of Arden will be the place where all will be revealed!
Rain or Shine is a Gloucester based professional theatre company which specialises in outdoor summer tours of classical theatre to castles, stately homes and gardens throughout the U.K. They have performed classic comedy productions of works by Shakespeare, Sheridan, Goldsmith and Vanbrugh to tens of thousands of happy theatregoers since they were formed in 1998.
Tickets can be bought on line (www.ticketweb.co.uk) or by calling 01600 715781 or on the gate if places are a still available. The venue opens at 2.00pm as regular outdoor theatre buffs often bring their own picnics to the Babington arena. The arena is situated alongside the charming Capel Pentwyn in the centre of Penallt village (NP25 4SE). There is lots of room to spread out and excellent sight lines and acoustics in spite of the open air setting. There is ample street parking and excellent wheelchair access. Toilet facilities are provided. Most people bring their own chairs but some are provided.
Tickets £13.50 Adults £11.50 Concessions, £6.00 U-16
Further details are available from Alastair Robertson 01600 715781 /email@example.com