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Lilies on the Land, Bouncers, Three Musketeers and London Touring Players' Comedy of Errors set for outdoor theatre season at Furzey Gardens, Minstead

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A POPULAR New Forest garden is set to mark its centenary year with a season of outdoor theatre ranging from Shakespeare to family-friendly comedies.

Furzey Gardens will launch a summer series of shows with a four-night run of Lilies on the Land, by The Lions Part, on Wednesday 6th July.

Lilies on the Land is based on 150 letters and interviews with original Land Girls, along with songs from the period, and is described as a revealing, funny and wonderfully moving portrait of some of Britain’s pluckiest unsung heroes of the Second World War.

Furzey Gardens' outdoor theatre
Furzey Gardens' outdoor theatre

The next show is Bouncers, by Black Box Comedy, which will run 21st-23rd July.

Set in 1984, John Godber’s classic comic drama tells the story of a north England nightclub and the colourful characters that inhabit its dance floor.

Alexandre Dumas’s classic tale The Three Musketeers is next on the agenda, running 28th-30th July. Billed as family-friendly, the Morgan and West production will combine drama and comedy.

The summer season will conclude on a high note when the popular London Touring Players returning to Furzey Gardens following a sold-out two-week run last year.

The company, which includes a number of West End actors, will perform Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, from 14th August to 4th September.

The madcap comedy sees two pairs of identical twins inadvertently make 40 cases of mistaken identity, driving the characters to distraction and the audience to tears of laughter.

Furzey Gardens is run by local charity Minstead Trust and provides training and work experience for people with learning disabilities. Ticket income will be used to help the charity continue its work supporting vulnerable people.

Visitors will be able to purchase refreshments at the on-site thatched tearooms. Tickets are £14. Visit www.furzey-gardens.org

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