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Peterborough Cathedral promises a summer of Shakespeare

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There’s a Shakespearean feel to the programme at Peterborough Cathedral this summer, with outdoor performances of two of the bard’s best loved comedies.

A joyous and celebratory production of As You Like It will be performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm, on the green outside the west front of the Cathedral.

The all-male theatre company, who can trace their roots back to Shakespeare’s time, visited last year with their much acclaimed, sell-out production of Macbeth.

The Lord Chamberlain's Men. Photo by Jack Offord (56225076)
The Lord Chamberlain's Men. Photo by Jack Offord (56225076)

They are especially looking forward to the extra layer of fun and intrigue they will bring to this year’s show, when the plot means that a man playing a woman who is dressed as a man, pretends to be a woman!

Peter Stickney, artistic director and producer said: “As You Like It is a wonderfully warm, funny and rich play. We follow our main characters as they flee or are exiled from the court to set up new lives in the Forest of Arden. There will be plenty of songs and laughs, some classic Shakespearean cross-dressing confusion and a spot of wrestling.”

Then on Thursday, July 14 Quantum Theatre will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Cloisters. An “enchanting and rip-roaringly funny” production is promised. For both the shows, audiences of all ages are welcome.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic and a drink of something chilled. The performances will go ahead whatever the weather. Visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk for tickets and information.

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