Comedy, come Rain or Shine

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AN evening of Shakespearean laughs is being promised at a county tourist attraction.

Rain or Shine Theatre Company is returning to Belsay Hall with a new production of one of Shakespeare’s classic comedies, As You Like It.

The outdoor production, directed by James Reynard, offers all the ingredients typical of the Bard’s work – a court in turmoil and forest at peace, a banished duke and his villainous twin, an honest man and his wicked brother, not to mention a cross-dressing heroine, jester, philosopher, wenches and shepherds.

Audience members should take their own seating or rugs, and they are welcome to take a picnic to make the most of the evening’s entertainment.

The curtain will go up on Saturday, at 7.30pm.

Tickets in advance cost £13 for adults, £11 concessions and children. On the day, they are £15 for adults, £13 concessions and children.

To make a booking, call the Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183, or call Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens on 01661 881636. Alternatively, visit www.rainorshine.co.uk

l Floral fans are being offered a treat at Belsay throughout the weekend.

The historic hall will host Northumberland Fuchsia Society Show, offering beautiful displays and the opportunity to chat with expert growers.

Doors open from noon on Saturday, and from 10am on Sunday.

Entry costs £7.70 for adults, £6.90 concessions and £4.60 for children. English Heritage members go free.