Twelfth Night Al Fresco Theatre part of Artisans by the River

Twelfth Night Al Fresco Theatre 

Part of Artisans by the River, theatre company "Rain or Shine"

‘Al fresco’ theatre this summer – come ‘Rain or Shine’

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Professional theatre company Rain or Shine, hailed by ‘The Stage’ as “one of the best companies touring open air theatre" are set to delight family audiences once again this summer with their production of Shakespeare’s cross-gartered and hilarious cross-dressing comedy Twelfth Night, as they ‘transport’ you to a land where nothing is quite what it seems.

“What country, friends, is this?” Have you ever found yourself in yourself in a strange place, surrounded by strange people, taking extraordinary measures to find your way? That’s the situation Viola finds herself in when, shipwrecked and separated from her brother, she sets foot upon Illyria’s sandy shore. Lost and alone, she disguises herself as a man and sets forth.

Before long, chaos ensues as mistaken identity, love, pride and alcohol set a host of much loved characters on a series of hilarious adventures. Hopeless romantics, drunken knights, a pompous steward and fools galore abound in one of Mr. William Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies. “If music be the food of love, play on!”

Sure to delight family audiences from 6 to 96, this is an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event, bringing classical theatre into the heart of local communities and here in Lymington for our delectation this weekend.

The performance takes place at Bath Road Recreation Ground, Lymington on Sunday 4th June starting from 5.00 pm, as part of the ‘Artisans by the River’ festival.

As the artisans pack up for home, a roving theatre company comes out to play!  We are privileged to host ‘Rain or Shine Theatre Company’ a highly experienced travelling theatre. From 5pm they set up to bring you a regular favourite of delightful comedic Shakespeare - “Twelfth Night” as the sun sets.

Bring your own picnic, picnic blankets and refreshments – although we will have a couple of refreshment vans on site, just-in-case!

Tickets for this event are available from Maxwell Hamilton, Lymington or from St Barbe information centre or directly phone 03306 600541

Tickets at the gate too...


Bring picnics, rugs and low backed seats

Audiences are requested to bring along low-backed seating or rugs, and a picnic to maximise their enjoyment of the al fresco performances. Full details of the tour and venues can be found on the Rain or Shine website.


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