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 Available 2.30pm on Sat 27 June and thereafter

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 We are not charging for tickets, neither are we asking for donations to Polesden Lacey Shakespeare, but, should you feel able to make a donation, we would love you to donate to the Sepsis Trust.

Just go to their web page www.sepsistrust.org

Click on the “Fundraise” button on the top bar, scroll down to “ donate” and donate, adding the reference “ PLS20RJ” in “ comment (optional)" please! This will help us to know how much we have been able to raise for the Sepsis Trust.

As a theatre company, some of you may remember, we have a special connection with this wonderful charity, working hard to raise the profile of the disease and to help in trying to find ways to save people from it.  We lost a dear friend and a wonderful actor, Joy Andrews, to this terrible, silent killer, in October 2017, at a very young age. We miss her so much!  You may also have read that many people, who succumbed to Covid 19, did so because their organs and immune systems had been weakened by sepsis, brought on by this Coronovirus. 

We shall also be streaming films of old PLS productions, over the Winter and Spring, to remind you of the fun, beauty and emotion of Polesden Lacey Shakespeare. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements on our website, Facebook and Twitter:

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www.polesdenlaceyshakespeare.co.uk
  Polesden Lacey Shakespeare on Facebook and @pl_shakespeare on Twitter

We fully expect to be back on the theatre lawn at Polesden Lacey next year with our spectacular 70th anniversary production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and hope to see many of you there.

On the 27th June this year we should have been opening with our 69th consecutive annual outdoor Shakespeare show – “Romeo and Juliet”.  We had assembled a wonderful cast, had some fantastic ideas for set and staging and were just about to start rehearsals when the Coronavirus struck and Lockdown happened. This was obviously a huge blow to everyone involved as we were all very excited to be bringing this show to the beautiful Polesden Lacey Open Air stage.

As this was not to be, we couldn’t let 2020 go by completely without a performance … so, we have recorded a special audio version of the production which we will be releasing online (for free) on the day and at the time of what would have been our first performance: Saturday 27th June, at 2.30 pm.

With some guidance from director Gary Andrews, and after a few Zoom based rehearsals, the cast all recorded their lines separately at home, under strict isolation and social distancing, giving alternative readings for each line, which have then been edited together with added sound effects to produce a full scale audio drama for you to enjoy.

Let’s hope  it’s a sunny day! If it is, then, maybe you could have a picnic in your garden and listen along, to try and capture a little of the ‘Polesden Lacey Shakespeare  experience’…remembering so many happy times in that beautiful place!

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