Audience Choice by Shakespeare's Globe (Return Tickets Available)
Sat 14 Aug I 7pm
Emslie Horniman Park, Kensal Road London W10
This performance is Sold Out but there are some last minute return tickets available. Turn up at park and ask for a ticket from the Festival Team member in charge. They will give you a wristband.
Shakespeare’s Globe is a world-renowned performing arts venue, cultural attraction and education centre located on the bank of the River Thames in London. Kensington + Chelsea Festival are delighted to be hosting two performances by Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour on Saturday 14 August, with A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 2pm and the Audience Choice - where you get to choose on the night which show the Company present from As You Like It, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7pm.
Shakespeare’s Globe are spending the summer to get to know local audiences in the Globe’s first ever neighbourhood tour. How did a company tour in Shakespeare’s day? A small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in a number of plays, would leave London and head off to entertain audiences around the country. Ordinarily, that’s exactly what Shakespeare’s Globe Touring Ensemble would do too. But they are doing things a little differently this year… As ever, the talented and versatile company will take on multiple roles across three plays as they unravel these tales of lovers, exiles, dreamers and wanderers.
What’s it like to go to the theatre and not know what you’re going to see? Audience choice night means that you the audience get to choose the show from As You Like It, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The rules are simple: you and your fellow audience members decide which play will be performed… loudest foot-stomping wins! So wave your arms and stomp your feet as much as you can for the play you want to see, and blow the (figurative) roof off the Globe Theatre. The rules are simple: you decide.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
An enchanted forest charms a disenchanted court. In Athens a daughter’s disobedience forces two lovers to flee to the woods, pursued by the two lovers they rejected. In the woods, amateur actors rehearse a play, while the king of fairies plays tricks and captivates the night. A mischievous Puck with the magical juice of a flower helps love lose its way while the fairy queen falls for an ass; the king and queen of the fairies reconcile; the lovers find each other, return to court and marriage celebrations end in a theatrical dream.
As You Like It
Don’t miss the chance to experience Shakespeare’s As You Like It this summer, with it’s glorious gamut of romance, poetry, satire and slapstick. When Rosalind is banished to the forest with her cousin Celia, they face a world of exile. Little do they know it is there that they will find love, in the most curious of disguises… Travel with us to the Forest of Arden to see a tale of sibling rivalry, exile, cross-dressing, and misplaced love, performed by eight extraordinary actors playing multiple roles – and even more instruments! With beautiful choreography, fantastic music and a story with real heart, this latest production of As You Like It will leave you bursting with joy.
Inspired by Elizabethan reports of the West Indies in the 16th Century and imbued with a spirit of magic and superstition, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s tumultuous play of betrayal, love and forgiveness. Set on a remote and mysterious desert island, a banished father must relinquish control and release his daughter in order for her, and for him, to grow, love and understand this brave new world. With enchantments and treachery at every turn, will anyone ever escape? Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Location: Emslie Horniman Park, Kensal Road, London W10
Performances: 7pm to 9pm without an interval
Subject to weather: Check website for any changes on the day
This is an outdoor performance but does require pre-booking as the audience area is marked out with barriers for safety reasons. Tickets were offered to local community groups first and are now on general release. Returns now available
All tickets are without charge for these performances and for the other outdoor arts shows present within Kensington + Chelsea Festival. Please see separate booking link for the 2pm performance by Shakespeare's Globe.
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Photo credit Marc Brenner