One of the country’s top open-air Shakespearean companies is on the road again this summer for an anniversary tour of Romeo and Juliet.
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary, visit almost 100 locations annually.
Romeo and Juliet will be performed around the UK and Europe until September 29.
The foremost open-air Shakespeare touring company in the UK performs to over 40,000 people annually without any public or corporate financial support.
Producer Mark Puddle formed the company with seven young actors to follow in the footsteps of the original Lord Chamberlain’s Men – the troupe of travelling players which William Shakespeare worked with for most of his career.
Since they first toured the UK with their inaugural production of Macbeth, the last ten years have seen the company travel over 100,000 miles, to over 200 venues in seven different countries, performing over 1000 shows to more than 275,000 people.
Today, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform Shakespeare’s plays, with an all-male cast of actor-musicians, in full Elizabethan costume, in numerous outdoor locations across the UK.
Following the same principles that Shakespeare himself championed, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men combine clear, bold and dynamic storytelling with music, songs and comedy in every performance.
The touring cast are responsible for set construction, costume maintenance and transportation from venue to venue.
Said Mark: In our first years we toured to a handful of venues. Today we now play to capacity audiences at some of the most beautiful and historically important venues in the country.
“However our core goal remains exactly the same: to bring simple, concise and clear storytelling to our audiences.”
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men also offer a series of matinee performances for schools across its season.
These performances are followed by a post-show question and answer session with the company.
The school matinee program also provides a valuable teaching resource for students to gain a greater insight into the plays, history and Shakespeare himself.
2,Hanbury Hall Worcestershire; 3, Cardiff Castle; 4–5,Waddesdon Manor; 6,Brandon Hill, Bristol; 9, Batsford Arboretum, Gloucestershire; 10, Hylands House Chelmsford; 11, Ham House and Garden Richmond-upon-Thames; 13, Oundle International Festival Northamptonshire; 15, Norwich Cathedral Norwich; 16, Hatfield Forest, Bishop’s Stortford; 17, Coughton Court Warwickshire; 18, Norwich Cathedral; 19, Claremont Landscape Gardens, Surrey; 20, Nantclwyd y Dre Ruthin; 23, Caernarfon Castle Gwynedd; 24, Conwy CastleConwy; 25–26, Newstead Abbey Nottinghamshire; 27, Trelissick Garden Cornwall; 29-30, Pentillie Castle Cornwall; 31,Tyntesfield North Somerset.
For further listings go to www.tlcm.co.uk