Outdoor Shakespeare coming to East Devon

09:31 22 April 2014

Andrea White, Michael Terry,Adele Tyrrell and Steve Andrews rehearse at the Devoncourt Hotel for their performance in Twelfth Night. Picture by Mike Rice.

Andrea White, Michael Terry,Adele Tyrrell and Steve Andrews rehearse at the Devoncourt Hotel for their performance in Twelfth Night. Picture by Mike Rice.

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Open air theatre is coming to East Devon at the end of May with a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

The show, directed by Steve Andrews, features top local actors such as Michael Terry and Andrea White, and also actors from as far afield as Manchester, London and the Midlands.

They will all be treading the boards in the sunshine at venues including Budleigh’s Cramalt Lodge, Bicton College and the Devoncourt Hotel.

Steve Andrews said: “The venues we have managed to book offer the most perfect backdrop for what many regard as the greatest of all the Shakespeare comedies.

“People still get a bit daunted by Shakespeare, but Twelfth Night gives us comic characters who would be funny in any age – the conniving minx, the blustering coward, the pompous jobsworth, the feisty lass, the drunken uncle, the melancholy clown – they are all here. And there’s a lot of cross-dressing as well.”

If the production is a success, Steve hopes to bring further shows to the East Devon countryside in the future.

“Open-air theatre is always a real challenge and this is something of an experiment. If it all works well, however, there are some other glorious possibilities – Macbeth on Woodbury Common, for instance, or The Tempest set against the red cliffs of the Jurassic Coast.”

The show will be at Cramalt Lodge on May 24, Bicton College’s walled garden on May 26, the Devoncourt Hotel on May 28 and May 29, and Seale-Hayne near Newton Abbot on May 31.

Spectators can bring their own picnics to Cramalt and Bicton (no glassware at Bicton), while hot and cold food will be available at the Devoncourt.

Spectators should also provide their own chairs or rugs.

Tickets costing £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s are available from Budleigh Tourist Information Centre on 01395 445275, the Devoncourt Hotel on 01395 272277, Cabin News in The Parade on 01395 260202, or Jenny Nicholls on 01395 568600.

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