With the castle as the backdrop, there is no better stage to watch enthralling performances this summer.
Changeling Theatre’s The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
‘It is required, you do awake your faith.’
The Winter’s Tale, a wonderful fairy story set in Sicily and Bohemia. Leontes has everything a man could want: wealth, power, a family that loves him and friends. But he is not at peace. Inside he harbours a bitter jealousy that drives him to destroy all he holds dear. Many years later, in a distant country, a journey begins that may ultimately heal his pain and reunite his family. With all the crazy antics of the Changeling magic, plus beautiful costumes and just hint of …ABBA
The play contains Shakespeare’s most famous but challenging stage direction: ‘Exit, pursued by a bear.’
Changeling’s creative director Rob Forknall says:
“ The people of Kent have spoken and voted for Nell Gwynn in last years audience poll, it’s the first time we have performed a play in the open air by a living, FEMALE playwright. We are very excited. I saw this show at the Globe and thought it perfect for our audiences, sexy and funny. The Winters Tale was a surprise for me as a summer play, but the audiences love it’s beautiful verse and fairytale feel.”
As part of a summer-long tour, the company is performing Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale and Swale’s Nell Gwynn in a range of outdoor locations from 28 June to 18 August 2019, in venues as diverse as Margate seafront and Biddenden Vineyard to a wide range of public gardens, parks, amphitheatres and many of the county’s best-loved castles.