04:47PM, Wednesday 26 June 2019
Open-air theatre returns by popular demand to the beautiful historic ruin at St Leonard’s Hill.
YAOW Theatre (Young Actors of Windsor) will perform Shakespeare’s much-loved pastoral comedy in several locations at the beautiful ancient woodland site.
The story takes place at the royal court and in the Forest of Arden. The Duke has been overthrown and he is living in exile in the Forest ‘like the old Robin Hood of England’.
Other courtiers escape to the green wood where comedy and entanglements of love abound against a backdrop of traditional song and spectacle.
This is a rare opportunity to see an open air, Elizabethan-style Shakespeare play in spectacular historic surroundings with some of the most stunning views of Windsor castle performed by a professional cast of actors from London and Berkshire.
Director Pamela Gibbons said: “It takes place in three places at the site, a lot of it round this beautiful oak tree.
“The location really lends itself to the play.
“We've got a brilliant MD and the actors are playing instruments – this is the Shakespeare play with the most songs.
“We are taking you back 400 years to the Forest of Arden.”
The company provides a platform for professional actors who want to show they can perform Shakespeare. Previous YAOW Theatre productions have included Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter plays and original comedy.
The production is being sponsored by local businessman Andrew Try whose family owns the site at St Leonard’s Hill. Mr Try’s company, ComXo, is based in Datchet.
Pamela explained: “He had put on private Shakespeare there before but the Bristol-based company who did it stopped touring. Through my son, an actor, they asked if we were interested – it was a nice serendipity.”
Gates open at 5.30pm with the performance at 7pm. Picnics can be taken in the grounds ahead of the performance – wine, beer and soft drinks from the bar.
Travel by taxi is highly recommended, as parking is limited. The venue is a five-minute walk up the hill from the car park. Visitors should allow plenty of time before the performance.
Visit yourboxoffice.co.uk/young-actors-of-windsor/538-as-you-like-it for tickets and information.
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