All the world’s a stage ... (in Shrewsbury this summer!)

As You Like It by William Shakespeare will be performed outdoors in the grounds of Shrewsbury High School this summer when The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to the town by popular demand and as part of Shrewsbury Summer Season. Tuesday 13 August will see the UK’s premier open-air touring theatre company present Shakespeare’s best loved comedies as it would have been in the Bard’s day - in traditional costume and with an all male cast.

With warring brothers, clowns, comic peasants, romance, death threats, escape and even a wrestling match, there is something for everyone in As You Like It. The grounds of Shrewsbury High School will provide the perfect backdrop for the players to whisk their audience away to the forest court of the exiled Duke of Arden.

The much anticipated event, which will be a highlight of Shrewsbury’s cultural calendar this year, has been made possible by the generosity of three local business sponsors: Tudor Healthcare Accountants, Strutt & Parker and FBC Manby Bowdler. Laura Jones, Marketing Manager for FBC Manby Bowdler, says “It is important for us as a business to get involved with and support local art and culture which is why we’re delighted to sponsor the production and be part of the Shrewsbury Summer Season programme” Ann Tudor of Tudor Healthcare Accountants expressed her delight at being involved with the event and said “Outdoor theatre productions in Shrewsbury also prove to be such enjoyable evenings for us and our clients”.

Open air theatre events have proven very popular in Shropshire over recent times and organisers have urged those intending to see the production to book early. As in previous years, the audience is encouraged to bring along picnics, drinks and something to sit on to complete the experience. Tickets are on sale now priced at £12 in advance or £15 on the gate (and just £5 for children). They can be purchased online at www.wegottickets.com or in person from Shropshire Bowling and Trophy Centre at 6 Milk Street (cash only). Those who use Twitter can follow and join the conversation @ShrewsSummer during the build up to the event and on the night.

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