Performance of Shakespeare in Bury Lodge Park to be a unique experience for audiences

SMP Theatre are set to stage their first Promenade Performance of Much Ado About Nothing, through the grounds of Bury Lodge Park from Wednesday, June 5, to Saturday, June 8.

Much Ado About Nothing is a hilarious tale of misunderstandings, love and deception. Set in the country home of Leonata, Benedick and Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. But the villainous Don John vows to ensure the course of love runs far from smooth.

The show will be an immersive, intimate and personal performance. As the audience arrives they become part of the ensemble and as the story flows they move through the park as a guest of the play’s host.

The audience become part of the cast as they are guided through Bury Lodge Park’s beautiful surroundings and the experience will be unique to each audience member as they choose how they view the performance. The show is free flowing and natural with little or no barrier between cast and audience. There is no fourth wall, the audience are guided through the action, some of which takes part amongst them and some which is more classically staged. The abridged version of the play contains music and dancing and promises to be a fresh and original experience.

Warren McWilliams, the show’s producer, said: “This show has been great fun to be a part of. The freedom to come up with new ideas along with the production team has been really liberating. This show will be a unique experience for our audience. A show that’s completely different to anything we’ve previously done, which is all rather exciting.”

Director David Bowman said: “It’s been an amazing journey, with so many wonderful experiences, I’m very proud of what we have achieved together. One of the great strengths of this company is their capacity to develop new creative talent and ideas – I’m very excited to see what they bring to this!”

The audience is limited to 100 people per performance. As the performance is not static, audience members are welcome to bring a lightweight chair or blanket to sit on. Limited numbers of portable chairs will be available to hire.

Performances run from Wednesday, June 5, to Saturday, June 8, at 7.30pm in Bury Lodge Park, Bury Street West, Edmonton, N9 9LA. Tickets are £10/£9 and available at www.smptheatre.co.uk

For more information contact Warren McWilliams on wozmcwill@hotmail.com or at 07917 868439

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