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Theatre was never this much fun
Culture lovers in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth are to be treated to a double helping of open air theatre this summer as part of a major cultural programme for 2015 and beyond.
Two classic stories are to be brought to life by London-based Quantum Theatre as part of Tamworth Borough Council's ambitious 12 month 'I Am Tamworth' project.
The first outdoor theatre performance takes place on the evening of Saturday 11 July when Shakespeare's popular play of love and intrigue, A Midsummer Night's Dream, will be performed in Tamworth Castle Grounds.
A Midsummer Night's Dream coming to the Castle Grounds
Then, on Sunday 16 August, Dosthill Park in Tamworth provides the perfect setting for an afternoon performance of The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.
The free 'I Am Tamworth' project has been put together by the borough council's Arts & Events team with the aim of increasing community participation in the arts and all things creative.
It has been funded by a grant of £78,000 from Arts Council England, which will enable accomplished artists from across the areas of dance, drama, music, writing and visual arts to bring their skills to Tamworth.
I Am Tamworth' has also been timed to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Tamworth Assembly Rooms, although many of the events will be taking place within the community and in venues throughout the town.
The production of A Midsummer Night's Dream presents a flight of magical fancy, where real life is unexpectedly entangled with the supernatural. With a quarrel raging between Oberon, King of the fairies, and his queen Titania, four young lovers become entwined in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in the bewitching woods outside Athens.
Audiences are invited to bring their own seating, warm clothes and a picnic, but are asked not to take any glass items or gazebos. People are also asked not to take any alcohol to the Castle Grounds, but there will be a licensed bar. Food will also be available on site.
Gates will open 45 minutes prior to the performance which starts at 6.30pm.
Beatrix Potter's classic characters will be brought to life in Dosthill Park, Tamworth, from 1.30pm on Sunday 16 August in a magical and enchanting production complete with live music.
Gates open 45 minutes prior to the performance and audiences are again invited to take their own seating and picnics, but are asked not to take any glass items or gazebos. No alcohol is to be taken on site. There is a short walk across the grass to the performance area which may be restrictive for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Tickets for both performances are priced at £8 and £6 concessions, or £25 for a family ticket, and must be bought in advance. No tickets will be available on the door.
Tickets are on sale now at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk, in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.