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PUBS across the New Forest will provide the open-air settings for a series of Shakespeare plays this summer.

Produced by Open Bar Theatre, Love’s Labour’s Lost and As You Like It will be performed at Fuller’s pubs in Burton, Ringwood, Lyndhurst, Ashurst and Romsey.

A spokesman for the brewery said: “Experience Shakespeare as it was intended – informal, raucous and in a spacious pub garden with a drink in hand. Whether this will be your first, or thirty-first night of Shakespeare, you will not be disappointed.”

Shakespeare is coming to a raft of local pubs
Shakespeare is coming to a raft of local pubs

Open Bar’s co-founders, Nicky Diss and Vicky Gaskin, said: “We’re used to making innovative theatre in unusual spaces – our shows are designed to work with their surroundings, not against them. As the audience gets more enthusiastic – and more lubricated – we use it to our advantage and feed off their energy.

“Thanks to Fuller’s, we’re in the extraordinary position of still being able to produce full-scale professional shows regardless of Covid-19 capacity restrictions.”

Local performances of Love’s Labour’s Lost will be hosted at The White Buck in Burley on 20th and 21st July; The Bear of Burton, Christchurch, on 9th August; the Fox and Hounds in Lyndhurst, on 18th August; and The Cromwell Arms, Romsey, on 6th and 7th August.

Shakepeare fans can enjoy As You Like It at The White Buck on 23rd and 24th August; The Alice Lisle near Ringwood on 1st September and The New Forest Inn, Ashurst, on 2nd September.

Tickets are £18 and can be purchased by visiting fullers.co.uk/shakespeare

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