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Shakespeare in the Park has clocked up yet another triumph with this year’s production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Performed by a fantastic, strong and talented cast, the Bard’s romantic comedy played out over two and a half hours against the backdrop of the ever magical glade in the beautiful grounds of Lichfield’s Maple Hayes Hall.
Instead of Shakespeare’s setting of Messina in the 16th Century, Lucy Dufaye, the group’s youngest ever female director made her directorial debut by transporting us instead to London with the play commencing on May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe Day, at the end of World War Two.
While all performed their roles with confidence, my favourites were Hannah Davies and Robin Lewitt who delivered the merry war between Beatrice and Benedick with panache; and Elliot Beech who was wonderfully comedic in his debut role as Dogberry, the constable in charge of the watch.
Enjoyed by all ages, the professionalism of this group’s annual production, with an amazing set and wonderful costumes, continues to impress as it retains its much deserved position as a highlight in Lichfield’s cultural calendar.
Next year’s June production – from which proceeds are donated to several charities every year – will be Hamlet, directed by Dan Branch. For dates, tickets, and more, visit www.sitp.org.uk.