Shakespeare with added imagination in Sheringham

Victoria LeggettAn award-winning theatre company will aim to make Shakespeare appeal to a wider audience when it stages an open-air performance in north Norfolk this July.Victoria Leggett

An award-winning theatre company will aim to make Shakespeare appeal to a wider audience when it stages an open-air performance in north Norfolk this July.

The Pantaloon's version of Much Ado About Nothing includes modern-day references, plenty of slapstick and original live music mixed in with the Bard's original verse.

On Saturday, July 3, the five-strong cast will bring the fast-paced, energetic show to Sheringham Park as the audience sits on their blankets or deckchairs within the stunning setting of a National Trust site.

Caitlin Storey, who has toured with the company since it formed in 2004, said it aimed to make Shakespeare's plays more engaging for people of all ages - without dumbing down.


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She said: 'Our style is accessible for everyone - from little children who enjoy the bright colours and puppets to teenagers who discover a fun new way to approach their Shakespeare studies; from people who have never seen a Shakespeare production before to die-hard fans who get all the inter-textual jokes.

'Everyone loves the interaction and fun nature and the lively music - and it's just something different.'

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The Pantaloon's productions make the audience's imagination as important to the performance as the actors' and writer's.

A suggestion from a spectator can completely change the way a scene is staged.

The Pantaloon actress added: 'We are thrilled to be performing in such a beautiful and perfect location as Sheringham Park.'

Much Ado About Nothing takes place on July 3 at 7pm. The audience is encouraged to bring along picnics, something to sit on and warm clothes.

For more information or to book tickets, visit www.thepantaloons.co.uk.

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