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 www.petersfieldshakespearefestival.co.uk 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.

Encore: South Downs Bard festival returns

Following last summer’s successful debut, the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival is back again this week and next at Bedales open-air Sotherington Theatre directed by teacher of Drama Jay Green. Two of the Bard’s much loved plays are being staged; a classic love story and heart warming comedy – both with a modern twist. First up is Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet (15-20 July) set in Brighton in the summer of 1964 to a classic British pop score soundtrack. Next is A Midsummer Night’s Dream (22-27 July) set in the vintage summer of 1977. This ‘Dream’ takes us on a whistle stop tour of the great songs of that year and through the different worlds of woods and town. Tickets are £12 per person (£10 concessions) and at £15 on Friday and Saturday nights, and can be booked online at www.petersfieldshakespearefestival.co.uk, by phone on 01730 711599 or in person at Petersfield’s One Tree Books.

Petersfield Shakespeare Festival

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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.