Watch the drama unfold at Cliveden

PUBLISHED: 10:38 21 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:31 20 February 2013

Watch the drama unfold at Cliveden

Watch the drama unfold at Cliveden

Summer theatre season has something for everyone

It is going to be a very special summer this year and the stunning National Trust gardens at Cliveden will be hosting some of the countrys best loved stories within their ever-popular outdoor theatre programme. Bring picnics, rugs, friends and family for an unforgettable night of drama, suspense and comedyin the Water Garden.

The season starts with Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing on Saturday, 7 July when Benedick and Beatrice will be transported to the 1940s in Heartbreak Productions fresh and contemporary adaptation. As the airmen return from war and the Home Guard get ready to stand down, infidelity, deception and mistaken identity challenge the lovers. Amid a flurry of 1940s Air Force uniforms, a whirlwind of war time song and dance, Heartbreaks adaptation is full of sparkling merriment as one set of lovers battle against dirty tricks, and another set simply battle each other.

7 July, 7 10pm, (gates open at 6pm).Adults 16.50, children 9 book on 0844 249 1895

Next up, on Saturday, 21 July, is The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wildes best-loved romantic comedy, present by Chapterhouse Theatre Company. This new production of Wildes hilarious tale of double lives and mistaken identities has a cast of unforgettably larger than life characters. The delightful Cecily, the roguish Algernon and the formidable Lady Bracknell are sure to keep you wildly entertained.

21 July, 7 10pm, (gates open at 6pm).

Adults 16.50, children 9 book on 0844 249 1895

Clivedens Water Garden provides a suitably illustrious setting for another of Shakespeares masterpieces on Friday, 3 August when The Lord Chamberlains Men bring their unique blend of all male Shakespearean entertainment to Macbeth. When the triumphant soldier discovers hes destined to be the next King of Scotland, he and Lady Macbeth decide to risk everything in a desperate attempt to gain the throne. Macbeths ghostly apparitions, action-packed sword fights and blood-soaked conclusion are sure to get the heart racing.

3 August, 7.30 10.30pm, (gates open at 6.30pm).Adults 16.50, children 9 book on 0844 249 1895

Roald Dahls childrens classic, The Twits, springs to life on Tuesday, 24 July, as Illyria recreates the horrible tricks Mr and Mrs Twit play on each other. She makes his spaghetti from worms because he puts a slimy frog in her bed and he only does that because she puts her glass eye into his beer. And she only does that... well, you get the picture. Bored of playing tricks on each other they decide to open a circus, capturing a family of monkeys and cruelly training them to perform in the ring. Only with the audiences help will the Twits meet a sticky end and will the monkeys finally be set free. Illyria promises a slimily, stickily, revoltingly funny show, from the most popular children's author in the world.

24 July, 2.30 4.30pm (gates open at 1.30pm), AND 6 8pm (gates open at 5.30pm). Adults 12.50, children 9, book on 0844 249 1895.

Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL6 0JA, Tel: 01628 605069.

For further information on these and other events at Cliveden this summer, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden

Booking fees apply.

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