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GB Theatre Company: Open Air Shakespeare Tour 2013

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Stunning open-air performances at castles and cathedrals
Scenery for a play can be everything, and it doesn't get more breathtaking than the backdrop of an English castle or cathedral.

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GB Theatre Company performs at the memorable setting of Warwick Castle

GB Theatre Company is taking its 2013 tour of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream to some of the most spectacular outdoor venues in the UK.

Audiences in the Midlands will be able to enjoy the outdoor showing of the plays at historic Warwick Castle from August 15 to 17.

GB Theatre Company in action

Viewers are encouraged to take along picnics and blankets to make the experience even more enjoyable during a beautiful summer's night.

On Thursday 15th August 15 and Saturday August 17, A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed, while the performance of A Merchant of Venice takes place on Friday August 16.

For all shows, The Peacock Gate at Warwick Castle opens at 6.30pm with the play starting at 7.30pm.
Running time is 2 hours 20 including a 20 minute interval.

Other dates on the tour include performances at: Castle Green in Taunton, Norwich Cathedral, St Leonard's Hill in Windsor, Reading School, Chepstow Castle, Kentwell Hall in Suffolk, Askham Bryan College in York, Brandon Hill in Bristol, and Arundel Castle.


The Theatre Company will also be appearing at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire.

"GB Theatre Company produces some of this country's most spectacular open air theatre," said a spokesman for GB Theatre Company.

"It brings classic plays to audiences around the UK and Europe, it has quickly gained an excellent reputation for staging outstanding drama."

"Touring the finest historical outdoor venues, the Company's open air productions provide a perfect summer evening's entertainment, whilst performing in traditional costume and sticking to the traditional texts."

GB Theatre Company was established by Gill Roca and Barrie Palmer, who was an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Tickets for the Warwick Castle performances cost 18 for adults and 14 senior citizens, full-time students and under-16's.
They can be bought online from

Dates for the full tour are:
Reading School - July 9 - 10
Chepstow Castle - July 11
Brandon Hill, Bristol - July 12 - 14
Castle Green, Taunton - August 8 - 10
Warwick Castle - August 15- 17
Askham Bryan College - August 18 - 20

Tickets for all the shows vary in price from 8 - 20 from website

Or by calling - 07974 790675
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Why? Make the most of the summer with outdoor theatre
When: Various dates until August 24
Phone: 07974 790675
Where: Warwick Castle and other historic UK buildings
Cost: Various - from 8 - 20
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