New Bedales open-air theatre to host Petersfield Shakespeare Festival

Actor Rupert Penry-Jones was present at Bedales School the other day to officially open the new open-air theatre and give details of the first season of the new Petersfield Shakespeare Festival comprising two productions (Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night) by a 25 strong cast of professional and local actors, which will take place on this stage in July. Jay Green, Festival Director and Head of Drama said: “It’s a beautiful setting in which to stage two of Shakespeare’s greatest and best known comedies. We have an excellent and experienced cast and it’s our hope that as many people as possible can come and enjoy high quality theatre productions in such an atmospheric location.” Tickets are £10 per person (£8 concessions) and £12 on Friday and Saturday nights. Read more. Tickets can be booked online or by phone at 01730 711599 or in person at One Tree Books in Petersfield.

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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