Open-air Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s final chapter in his War of the Roses series is to be played out in the wonderful gardens of Threave House near Castle Douglas.

The National Trust for Scotland property will again host the renowned Festival Players who are touring this production across the UK.

This classic play, telling the story of the last King of England to be killed in battle, is full of pageantry and fanfare fit for a jubilee year. Colourful costumes and plenty of action are promised in this open-air production, with especially composed music and an all male ensemble. Enjoy Shakespeare at his very best, weaving a great tale with splendid characters, including a villainous monarch.

The Festival Players were formed in the 1980s by Trish Knight-Webb, and now under the direction of Michael Dyer have established themselves as a top touring company.

The magnificent Ornamental Garden will be the venue for the evening, part of the extensive grounds of the Threave Estate. These have been the work of students from the School of Heritage Gardening since the 1950s, creating some lovely landscape features.

Your own seating and a rug are recommended, perhaps accompanied by your own hearty picnic – or order one from the Threave restaurant (01556 502 575). Warm clothing is also advised for the chill of the evening. If the weather is wet, the performance will take place in the visitor centre.

It all happens on August 5 beginning at 7.15pm. Tickets are £12 for adults, £6 for children and are available by calling 0844 493 2245 or from the Threave shop, or on the night at the gate.