Petersfield Shakespeare Festival Returns for 2018
Petersfield Shakespeare Festival Returns for 2018

The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival will commemorate World War 1 in their 2018 Season.

A War in France and a Warring Couple  are at the heart of this year’s exciting Season, which will take place in the beautiful grounds of Bedales School from 18th – 29th July 2018.

To coincide with the centenary of the end of World War I, Shakespeare’s epic play, Henry V, moves to the battlefields of the Somme, where the glory, the horror and the absurdities of war, all still with us today, are explored in a spectacular way. Ambitious and fast moving, this production will thrill the senses and challenge the mind.

Audiences are invited to “The Shrew’s Tavern”, where new life will be breathed into The Taming of the Shrew in playwright Laura Turner’s adaptation. Come and see a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in this outrageous comedy. There will be dancing, singing and a wedding before the play’s controversial conclusion and just in time for last orders.

Artistic Director, Jake Smith is rapidly making a name for himself in the world of professional theatre and is taking a break from his role as Associate Director on Sting’s new musical The Last Ship to direct both of our plays this year. As ever, a talented ensemble cast will be drawn from near and far to deliver original and imaginative interpretations of two of the Bard’s most popular works.

This intimate theatrical festival takes place in the inspiring grounds of Bedales School, next to the 17th century Sotherington Barn. The elegantly tented area provides a perfect space for Summer evening entertainment.  Bring your picnics or order a pizza, and relax with a drink from the Courtyard Bar prior to the performance.

Henry V will be running 18th – 24th July.
The Taming of the Shrew will be running 25th -29th July.

Tickets will be on sale soon here.

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