A Cambridge summer wouldn’t be complete without an evening of open-air Shakespeare and a G&T or cold beer on the roof terrace of The Varsity Hotel.
Combine the two on 19 July when Cambridge Shakespeare will perform scenes from their current production of Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet high above the bustling crowds for your particular enjoyment. A post-theatre dinner will then be served at the hotel’s celebrated Riverbar Steakhouse & Grill. Head chef Angus Martin’s summer menu of gourmet offerings includes choice cuts of locally-reared steak, fresh fish, gourmet pies and summer salads and promises to cater for every palate.
Presented by the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, the scenes – plus some of Shakespeare’s most popular sonnets – are performed in full Elizabethan regalia and designed to be enjoyed by all, from novices to devotees.
Dr David Crilly, artistic director of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, comments: “This is the second year we are hosting this unique event in partnership with The Varsity Hotel. Being able to bring the Bard’s words to life to new audiences in this way is fantastic and we are sure the audiences will enjoy the experience.” Hotel guest or passer-by, all are welcome and entry to the roof garden is free. Priority tickets with dinner are available to book at £30 per person. The performance starts at 7pm. And if you can’t make this month’s date, there’s another evening of rooftop theatre and dining on 16 August.
For more information about other Cambridge Shakespeare Festival performances, see page 34 of Cambridge Edition.