Shakespeare under the stars!

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Due to the heavy down pours at Lampeter House last night, it was touch and go as to whether the performance of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor would be performed inside or out.

Thankfully, just as the audience started to arrive the rain stopped, clouds parted and the sun decided to shine! It couldn’t have been more of a beautiful setting to watch The Festival Players Theatre production.  Seats were laid out, bunting surrounded the stage and flags were dotted in amongst the trees. Tables and chairs were set out ready for people to enjoy their fabulously planned out picnics. I have never seen so many beautiful wicker baskets!

The staff and volunteers worked extremely hard to set up the event, providing an endless array of delicious cakes, hearty vegetable chili and spiced pumpkin soup. At the bar prosecco and Pimms were served and volunteers wandered around the grounds selling sweets and raffle tickets.

The audience, wrapped in their blankets and glass in hand, made themselves comfortable ready for the show to begin. The Festival Players Theatre company have been on tour since the middle of May, performing all across the country from Fife to Isle of Wight as well as visiting towns in Norway, Berlin and Belgium to name a few! The Merry Wives of Windsor has an all male cast of six. Directed by Michael Dyer the show was believed to be written around 1596, the fast paced comedy got the audience laughing and clapping along to the cast’s slapstick humour and songs.


As the night started drawing in fairy lights and lanterns created a cosy atmosphere around the gardens. The temperature stayed warm and spirits were high. With over 200 people attending it has been one of the most successful Outdoor Theatres to date. Thank you to all who attended and supported Span Arts!

Join us next Thursday 16th August to watch the performance of The Winter’s Tale.

Written by Shakespeare in his later years, The Winter’s Tale is an intriguing mix of drama and comedy.

Sparked by an obsessive envy of a perceived relationship between his Queen and his oldest friend, Leontes, King of Sicilia, sets in motion a train of events which affect two kingdoms and two generations; there is jealousy and joy, revenge and romance, loss and discovery, remorse and revelry, and an amazing revelation.

Tremendous entertainment for a Summer evening!

Our annual Shakespeare open-air performance starts at 7.00pm and there will be  food and refreshments available to enjoy. Taking place in the beautifully relaxed grounds of Lampeter House, the estate has hosted events for almost 15 years.

Arrive early to enjoy the stunning gardens with a drink from 6pm.

Advance: £14/12/6 (Full/Span Arts Members & Concessions/Child)

Door: £16/14/8 (Full/Span Arts Members & Concessions/Child)

Open: 6pm

Starts 7.00pm

Book your tickets here


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    We have often been unlucky with the weather, never the less this all male company have done very well wooing the local audiences. Even though the weather was unpromising during the afternoon we have seen a gradual build of audiences over the years with many people from our village talking and looking forward to the performances every year. This year there were well over two hundred, I expect if their had not been the late downpours of heavy rain in the late afternoon you would have had a considerably larger crowd.As hosts we could not be more appreciative of the amount of work your staff put into making this event run smoothly, especially this year where so much effort went into presentation, the food and efficient management of the visitors. In the end you were rewarded with good weather, it was warm and the performance was very funny and well acted, a really enjoyable evening and one of the best years for watching Shakespeare at Lampeter house. I am sure this event will go on growing, well done everyone who took part.Thank you to everyone who helped

    Julian and Mami Mon Aug 21