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Shakespeare classics in country houses

PUBLISHED: 11:35 09 July 2010 | UPDATED: 14:56 02 August 2010

SOME of Shakespeare's classic plays are being performed in front of atmospheric country houses in Norfolk this summer.

SOME of Shakespeare's classic plays are being performed in front of atmospheric country houses in Norfolk this summer.

With an action-packed schedule of outdoor theatre promising to entertain all ages, the stories will unfold in magical settings.

Cambridge Touring Theatre presents a funny musical romp through the world of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, the Sherriff of Nottingham and Maid Marian at Oxburgh Hall on Friday. Mishaps abound as Robin and his band of merry men, attempt to defeat the 'not very nice' Sherriff of Nottingham and reclaim the throne for the rightful King of England. Gates open at 5pm, bring rugs or chairs and a picnic. Booking is advisable on 01366 328258 (adult £9, child £7, family (two adults, two children) £28. Prices on the day (if available) £10, £8, £30. A barbecue (burgers and hot dogs), beverages and ice creams will be available.

On Wednesday, July 21, also at Oxburgh Hall, acclaimed touring theatre company, The Lord Chamberlain's Men present Shakespeare's magical last play, The Tempest. It combines love, comedy and magic in equal measure. Performed in true Shakespearian style with an all-male cast, the unique mixture of location and performance makes the relationship between the actors, the text and the audience a thrilling event. Gates open at 6pm. Tickets are adult £11, child £8. Prices on the day (if available) £12, £9. Barbecue (burgers and hot dogs), beverages and ice creams available. Booking advisable on 01366 328 258.

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