Stephen Fry launches Shakespeare Festival

The 2014 Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, launched last week by Stephen Fry, is poised to enter its third season. Demand for tickets is already high for the performances of The Merry Wives (14-19 July) and Macbeth (21-26 July) at Bedales’ beautiful and unique open air Sotherington theatre. The performances will feature West End actors and local favourites, including Old Bedalians. Ste Johnston will return in triumph after Bottom, as Shakespeare’s fattest and naughtiest knight, Sir John Falstaff, who boozes and bounds his way through the bedrooms and bars of the English countryside. Read more. To book, visit or phone 01730 711599. Tickets are also available from One Tree Books, Petersfield from 16 May.

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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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