A touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes with that familiar warning: “The performance is open air so dress for the weather”.
But what will the weather be like on Saturday as Lindisfarne Castle plays host for the first time to an outdoor theatre show?
“It will be staged with the harbour as a backdrop, a magical setting for a magical play,” says Claire Ashby, visitor experience manager for the National Trust’s Northumberland coast properties. I’d recommend warm and waterproof clobber along with the requisite picnic, chairs and rug.
The production is one of the latest touring mini-epics from The Pantaloons, whose founders graduated from the University of Kent.
Artistic director Stephen Purcell, who directs the Shakespeare productions, is assistant professor of Shakespeare and performance studies at the University of Warwick. The Pantaloons draw on a wide variety of theatre traditions, including pantomime and stand-up comedy.
Gates open at 6pm for Saturday’s 6.30pm performance. For tickets call 01289 389 244.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will also be performed at Washington Old Hall on Thursday and Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham, on Sunday.
Times and ticket details are available on www.thepantaloons.co.uk