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What better location for Shakespeare’s classic comedy than the hilltop village of Penallt, just south of Monmouth. An hilarious early evening performance in the arena at Babington Meadow is a wonderful wind-down opportunity with a glass of something on a Friday night – just about midsummer! Gloucester-based touring company, Rain or Shine are regular and popular visitors to the village and their small cast is brilliant in bringing the humour and vigour out of Shakespeare’s comedies of which this is the greatest. Their performances transcend the generational gap that sometimes divides theatre audiences and their humour has an unerring currency and appeal.
Babington Meadow, a small ecological village park at the heart of the village, is a fantastic location for outdoor theatre. It was purpose designed for the charity with a terraced arena and a stunning backdrop across the Valley to the Royal Forest of Dean. The venue has all weather access for wheel/push chairs and ample roadside parking including spaces for blue badge holders. Toilet facilities are provided on site and an alternative covered venue at Pelham Hall, nearby in the village, is available if the weather turns sour. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs if they can but there will be plenty of spares on site if this is not convenient. Gates open at 5.30pm and many will bring a picnic with them as a starter or for the interval.
Ticket prices are: £12 adults, £10 concessions and £7 for U-16s. Although some tickets will be available on the gate, tickets should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Debit Card sales can be made to 01600 715781. Please make any enquiries to the same number.