The Spirit of Shakespeare returns to Mill Green in a production devised and directed by Ann Roberts.

For those who have missed their ‘Shakespeare fix’ this year due to the cancellation of Wargrave Festival, we are proudly presenting an open-air performance of two plays which capture the Shakespearean spirit. But even if you are not a fan of ‘The Bard’, these two plays performed by an ensemble of six actors, may be right up your street.

Where is Peaseblossom? It is now four hundred years since the fairies attended upon Titania. Unable to adjust to an environment constantly under attack from pesticides, pollution and re-development, the now ageing band of fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and (an invisible) Tinkerbell from Peter Pan, search for a home free from the hazards brought about by humans. They stumble on a place full of the promise of a safe and fertile home but it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems. Into their haven comes the creator of their perfect place, a single-minded enthusiastic Ecologist out for publicity and financial gain, and a cautious academic Folklorist. The band face the prospect of living life ‘on show’ in public view. One of them holds the answer – but where is she?

The Rude Mechanicals. Due to theatres being closed as a result of the pandemic, a group of villagers have decided to put on a play, persuaded by the local teacher, as she says that ‘People are crying out for a bit of live theatre’. She decides that they should perform the ‘rude mechanicals’ scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They meet in an isolated clearing to rehearse, but none of this disparate band have ever acted before and some have never seen, or even read, any of Shakespeare’s plays. When they discover that there is a ‘play within a play’, and they think they have to learn two plays, there is panic.

As with the production of A Seat in the Park last September, this will be open-air with the audience invited to bring their own picnic chairs for seating. The two plays have a combined running time of approximately 90 minutes, including a short interval. As before, we are unable to provide bar facilities, but toilets will be available.

3pm and 5.30 pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021. Tickets will be priced at £10.00 per person.