Love is in the air for Shakespeare in the Park

An award-winning park in Grantham will be transformed into a fairy-tale world for a summer production of Shakespeare's greatest love story.

MJH Productions is back with Romeo and Juliet, which will be performed outdoors over four days in July in the magnificent setting of South Kesteven District Council's Wyndham Park.

It is part of a five-day line-up of high-quality entertainment in which Neil Sands is also presenting the musical talents of Classical Divas and an afternoon of nostalgia with Those Were The Days.

Tickets for all the entertainment are on sale now.

Shakespeare in the Park, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, returns after last year's hugely successful production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

SKDC Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, said: "We are thrilled Shakespeare in the Park is back for a second year.

"Last year was wonderful, but this time it will be even better as the audience seating area will be festooned in lights, lending a fairy-tale quality to the whole event.

"We will also be having a stage this year making it easier for the audience to see the drama unfold.

"Why not bring a picnic and your favourite tipple and join us for an evening of enthralling contemporary open air theatre in the picturesque surroundings of Wyndham Park?"

Romeo and Juliet will be performed Wednesday 4 July from 7pm-9.45pm; Friday 6 July from 7pm-9.45pm; Saturday 7 July from 2.30pm-5.15pm and 7pm-9.45pm; and Sunday 8 July from 5pm-7.45pm.

Classical Divas, on Thursday 5 July from 7pm to 9.30pm, offers an enchanting evening of classical favourites and pop classics with a classical twist, including Nessun Dorma, O Mio Babbina Caro, You Raise Me Up, Hallelujah, a selection from the Proms and much more.

From 2pm to 4.30pm on Friday 6 July Those Were The Days, starring Neil Sands, Gemma Turner and Angie Diggens, and special guests Andy Eastwood and Szara King, will take the audience on a trip down memory lane.

Tickets for all three events are priced £12, and can be booked at www.guildhallartscentre.co.uk or by calling The Guildhall Centre box office on 01476 406158.

Gates open 45 minutes before each performance. Audience members are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets, but plastic chairs will be available to hire for £1.

Wyndham Park Café will be open during the performances offering hot food, drinks, cakes and other treats. Picnics can be pre-ordered be emailing a.savona@aol.co.uk or messaging the café via Facebook 'Wyndhamparkcafe'

PIC CAPTION: Romeo and Juliet cast members with, front, left to right: SKDC's Parks Community Engagement Officer Julie Ashworth; Cabinet member for Communications and Engagement, Cllr Helen Goral; Matthew Hewitt, of MJH Productions; and SKLDC's Grounds Maintenance Co-ordinator Steve Frisby.

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