It is the summer of 1919 and Don Pedro’s demobilized regiment is returning to England after the war. The soldiers are welcomed to the stately home of Leonato, where memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls. Benedick, a confirmed bachelor, and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Leonato’s niece, Beatrice, and his daughter, Hero. Love is in the air as Claudio and Hero fall head over heels, whilst Benedick and Beatrice reignite their altogether more fiery courtship. But will the course of true love be thwarted by the jealous machinations of Don John, the illegitimate brother of Don Pedro?
Bring a picnic and something to sit on, and relax in the stunning grounds of Deans Court as you watch Shakespeare’s sparkling romantic comedy – a perfect escape for summer. Directed by Tracey Nicholls.
Grounds open for picnics 60 minutes before performance starts. Vehicle access ONLY via Poole Road (BH21 1QF). Pedestrians ONLY via the Deans Court Lane entrance (BH21 1EE). Free parking. Licensed bar. Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. Performances will continue in most weather, including wet weather, so bring appropriate clothing. Refunds will only be issued in the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled before the play starts.
TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT
From the novel by Graham Greene
Adapted by Giles Havergal
19th - 21st October 2017
Tivoli Theatre Wimborne
Retired bank manager Henry Pulling meets his eccentric Aunt Augusta at what he supposes to be his mother’s funeral. She persuades him to abandon his dull life and to embark on a series of unexpected and hilarious adventures all over the world. Directed by Phyllis Spencer.