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Much ado about something at county libraries


To celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare, Gloucestershire libraries will be hosting theatre productions of the bard's works.

Up The Road Theatre are bringing Bardolph's Box, a small-scale Shakespeare inspired production, to Gloucestershire's libraries on 12th and 13th October.

Bardolph's Box is an introduction to Shakespeare's stories for 8-12 year olds and their families. The play is designed to make Shakespeare fun and introduce children to some of his most famous works.

The play follows Bardolph, a young man who washes up on a distant shore. He finds an island in trouble and meets a host of colourful characters including Cleopatra (Antony & Cleopatra), Prince Hal (Henry IV), Ariel (The Tempest) and Puck (A Midsummer Night's Dream) as he tries to save the day.

The audience, including children from local schools will join Bardolph on his quest to save the day, will be taken along on the journey, helping the hero on his rollercoaster ride through Shakespeare's stories.

The play will be performed at Stroud and Wotton Libraries on 12th October and Matson and Up Hatherley Libraries on 13th October.

During half term week (Wednesday 26th October), Nailsworth library will play host to Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company's 'Shakespeare Condensed' performance.

This is followed by a creative writing workshop where you can hubble your bubble and create your own rhyming spell like the three witches at the start of 'the Scottish play'.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member responsible for Libraries, said: "William Shakespeare's works have been inspiring and influencing people for 400 years.

"These performances will help us to mark this landmark anniversary within our libraries and make his work more accessible to a young audience.

"I hope lots of people will visit our libraries and get inspired to discover Shakespeare's works."

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