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Much Ado About Nothing set for Kingfishers, Normandy Lane, Lymington

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PICNICKERS can share in an evening of masks, music and mistaken identity as Shakespeare’s classic summer comedy Much Ado About Nothing is performed in the grounds of a Lymington home.

The special one-off show by Troubadour Stage Works will be at Kingfishers in Normandy Lane on Wednesday 15th June at 7pm in support of mental health charity Hammersley Homes.

The Lymington-based charity, which was established in 2018, is set to use proceeds from the production to support its outreach programme, and eventually hopes to establish a network of homes for life for people with enduring mental illnesses.

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing will be performed in the grounds of a Lymington home.
Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing will be performed in the grounds of a Lymington home.

Hammersley Homes spokesperson Juliette Freedman said: “We currently have a very long waiting list of clients needing support and can’t meet demand at the moment.

"So we hope to sell hundreds of tickets to raise as much money as possible.”

Billed as the renaissance’s best loved rom-com, Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic and cautionary tale about gossip, gender roles and the follies of romance.

In the play Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick arrive in the Sicilian town of Messina after a proud victory on the battlefield.

As the post-war celebrations get into full swing at the governor’s estate, Claudio is taken in by the host’s daughter, Hero.

Meanwhile, Benedick, an eternal bachelor, engages in a different sort of battle with Hero’s cousin, Beatrice, a confirmed spinster, as others conspire to bring them together.

With Cupid-like characters working in the background, maybe love can really conquer all.

The outdoor event begins at 7pm with picnicking from 5.30pm. Tickets are £20 for adults, £15 for children and £60 for a family. To book visit www.troubadourstageworks.com

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