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Woodbridge ‘Shakespeare 400’ takes to the stage

News ArticleWoodbridge ‘Shakespeare 400’ takes to the stage

Woodbridge’s celebration of Shakespeare took to the stage this week.  On 28th and 29th June there were two spectacular performances of Love’s Labour’s Lost on the Woodbridge School Chapel Lawn and in the Seckford Theatre as the weather permitted.

This play was directed by Gemma Mayes, Head of Drama at Woodbridge School, and Johnathan Williams, Assistant Head of Drama at the school.

Around 250 enjoyed the performance on the first night with similar numbers expected for the second. Despite the chilly, damp evening the performance began in the open air but rain soon necessitated a move inside the theatre.

Tim Cornford, coordinator of Woodbridge Shakespeare 400, said, “The audience loved the slapstick and the humour of seeing four men falling in love when they’ve sworn not to and being made fools of by four ladies who know exactly what’s going on and manage to control events to their own advantage. The costumes and stage direction were excellent.”

For those wanting to catch some of the remaining Shakespeare 400 activities and events; throughout June and July there is a free art exhibition at Woodbridge Library of pieces created during the May art workshops.

There are also spaces available for the free drama workshops for 7-11 year olds (10am -12.30pm) and 12-13 year olds (1-3.30pm) on Saturday 16 July at Farlingaye. Students will work in groups to bring to life some scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream culminating in brief presentations to parents. Places can be booked by emailing rlansdowne@farlingaye.suffolk.sch.uk

28th July, 7pm: A Talk by Mark Mitchels on ‘Shakespeare’s Globe: A Groundling’s View’ at Woodbridge Library. To reserve a free place phone 01394 446510 or email Helen.Scrivener@suffolklibraries.co.uk

More information and booking contacts can be found on www.choosewoodbridge.co.uk/events

Photo credit: Mike Kwasniak