Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour returns to Chilham Castle
Friday 17 May - Sunday 19 May
Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour returns to Chilham Castle to present a trio of plays exploring the themes of refuge and displacement. Situated in the beautiful grounds of Chilham Castle, the plays are performed as a touring production would have been staged in the 17th century, with a stripped back booth stage, and a small, versatile troupe of actors. Taking on multiple roles across all three plays and playing musical instruments to boot, the talented cast will unravel these timeless tales of those who have crossed seas and lost their families, are seeking lost homes, and finding out what belonging truly means to them.
Dates & times
Friday 17 May, 7.00pm - Pericles
Saturday 18 May, 2.00pm - The Comedy of Errors |7.00pm - Twelfth Night
Sunday 19 May 2018, 12.30 noon - Twelfth Night | 5.00pm - The Comedy of Errors
Prices & Booking information
Standing £10 | Standard seated £30 | Premier Seat £50 (including reception held in the Castle’s Great Hall with champagne and canapés, exclusive entry through front gate and parking on hardstanding outside the Castle)
Seeating is unreserved.
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Pericles, Prince of Tyre, is forced to flee his own kingdom and wander the world. Following a shipwreck, he meets Princess Thaisa and wins her for his wife. Months later, however, in another sea-storm, Thaisa dies in childbirth and her body is committed to the deep. The grief-stricken Pericles takes comfort in his baby daughter, Marina, but fosters her with friends. Years pass. Can report of Marina’s death be true? And can Thaisa really return to life?
The spirit of fairy tale is never far from the surface of Pericles, the first of Shakespeare’s late romances. Imbued with music, miracles and the constant presence of the sea, it introduces many of the key themes and concerns that were to recur in Shakespeare’s final plays.
The Comedy of Errors
Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos…
Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes and frenzied slapstick.
In the household of the Countess Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged – one by the lovesick Duke Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the highhandedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the ship-wrecked, cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.
Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.
Please note: this is an open-air event and the performance will take place in all but the most inclement weather conditions.