New date for Shakespeare at Epworth

Illyria have a new date for their Epworth performance
Illyria have a new date for their Epworth performance

Travelling theatre company Illyria have announced a new date for their open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Epworth.

The group were due to perform at Epworth’s Thurlow Playing Fields on July 10 but had to make an 11th-hour cancellation but their van containing all their costumes and props broke down and the event had to be called off.

However, the free event will now take place on Sunday, August 21, starting at 6pm at the same venue.

In Illyria’s 25th anniversary season it is reprising the show it first performed in its very first year, still with just five quick-changing, fast-running actors who share all the roles between them.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows four couples – three human and one fairy – whose passions are sorely tested when a troupe of amateur theatricals rehearse a play about a doomed love affair.

Add in to the mix a heady brew of confusion, magic and mischief and you have one of Shakepeare’s most popular plays.

Those attending are advised to arrive early and to bring their own rugs, drinks and nibbles – plus clothing suitable for an ‘English summer’.