Cambridge Shakespeare Festival returns with appropriate pomp, ceremony and regalia to the University’s beautiful college gardens on 13 July, offering an eclectic programme of plays throughout July and into August. Performed in full Elizabethan costume, in a unique outdoor setting, it’s the perfect answer to a summer’s evening in the city.
13 July-1 August:
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
Swearing an oath of celibacy, the King of Navarre and his companions soon find themselves put to the test by the arrival of the Princess of France and her lovely ladies. Will they be able to hide their feelings? A delightful comedy in the classical grounds of Downing College.
The Tarantino of Shakespeare plays, Titus Andronicus is showing at Robinson College Gardens and tells the bloody story of a Roman general, Titus, and Tamora, Queen of the Goths. If you’ve had your fill of the popular comedies, this could be the play for you.
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
Sir John Falstaff finds himself simultaneously pursued by two wealthy married women in this sparkling, witty play in which the women get their revenge on the fat knight and would-be seducer. Takes
place in the Fellows’ Gardens at Kings – a beautiful secret garden that even students aren’t allowed to access.
ROMEO AND JULIET
A play that needs no introduction, Romeo and Juliet never fails to capture hearts. See its humour, tenderness and drama anew in the resplendent gardens of St John’s.
Next month… (3-22 August)
Much Ado About Nothing
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Timon of Athens
Performances start at 7.30pm, every evening except Sunday. Tickets £16 (£12 concessions).
Read our interview with director David Crilly here.