‘It was a very British evening’

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GAINSBOROUGH lived out its very own midsummer night’s dream with a spectacular open-air performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

The production at Richmond Park was put on by the critically-acclaimed London based Quantum Theatre – who put their own unique twist on the Shakespeare classic.

London-based Quantum Theatre showcasing their version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at an open-air performance in Richmond Park, Gainsborough G110804-2b

London-based Quantum Theatre showcasing their version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at an open-air performance in Richmond Park, Gainsborough G110804-2b

The event also raised £200 for the Mayor’s charity which is to fund the training of a guide dog.

Gainsborough Town Council activities officer Holly Parker said it was a wonderful way to spend a summer evening.

“We had a really good turn out,” she said. “About 100 people came along and it was perfect.”

“There were some 2 to 4-year-old toddlers there, and they just sat captivated, still and quiet for the whole performance and loved every minute of it which was so nice to see.”

“The sun was shining, and we sat on the lawn enjoying a glass of wine, with tea, coffee, homemade cakes with a bit of Shakespeare – it was a very British evening indeed.”

Holly continued: “Richmond Park lends itself to that kind of thing so well – it’s such a gorgeous place for it – we can’t wait to have another one next year.”

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the local businesses who donated things for the raffle and to the Friends of Richmond Park who made all of the lovely cakes, which I especially enjoyed indulging in.”

To see the Standard’s video coverage of Twelfth Night at Richmond Park head over to www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk