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It's Elementary My Dear Watson
scotney castle, picnic theatre, summer
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Where should you go for the best theatre productions? Well the answer is elementary, my dear reader. Instead of paying 20-80 a ticket for a seat in a dark theatre auditorium, why not pay 8-16 for a starlit production, in the romantic surroundings of Scotney Castle's formal garden? You can enjoy an evening's picnic in the Kentish countryside, while enjoying the intimate plays, where the actors are within touching distance. It is a great choice for families as it allows the children to run about a bit if they start getting restless, instead of jiggling about in their seats and annoying the rest of the audience.

Scotney's Summer Picnic Theatre offers four plays this August, which will appeal to classicists, fantasists, and those who are up for solving a good mystery. All tickets need to be booked in advance.

Sherlock Holmes
10th August, 7pm, 13 adult, 8 children

With only four actors, I wonder how difficult it will be for you and Sherlock to work out who the culprit is. Produced by the ever so wonderfully named Pantaloon Theatre Company, the performance is a comedic, interactive show with live music.

Alice - An Extraordinary Adventure
15th August, 6pm, 12 adult, 8 children

Merging Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with her trip Through The Looking Glass, the Heartbreak Production Company are bringing you an imaginative adaptation with engaging dialogue, magical staging, live music, and an interactive performance.

Romeo & Juliet
16th August, 7.30pm, 12 adults, 8 children

Scotney Castle have hosted many Shakespeare productions, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which actors jump out from the bushes. The two showing this year are sure to be just entertaining.

Romeo & Juliet is another production by Heartbreak, and here, they have turned it into a modern adaptation. But no fear, there will be just as much swordplay, treachery, and poisonous potion making to keep you on your toes.

As You Like It
22nd August, 7pm, 16 adult, 8 children

Going back to the traditions of good old sixteenth century theatre, The Lord Chamberlain's Men have produced a play with an all male cast. This can be somewhat confusing when you have a man playing a woman, who is disguised as a man. It is probably even more confusing for Orlando as he is taught a lesson in love by his secret admirer in breaches.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 10th, 15th, 16th & 22nd August
Phone: 01892 893820
Where: Scotney Castle
Cost: 12-16 adults, 8-10 children
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