Stunning backdrop for Shakespeare classic

07/06 Updated: 07/06 15:00

THE BEAUTIFUL grounds of a Fernhill Heath school will provide the backdrop for an open-air performance of one of Shakespeare's most endearing comedies next week.

Leamington Spa-based Heartbreak Productions will perform Much Ado About Nothing in the gardens of the River School on Friday, June 15 at 7.30pm.

The open air theatre company has been touring the UK for more than 20 years and has a strong local following.

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most poignant and hilarious productions, focusing on two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero.

Benedick and Beatrice are full of scorn for love, marriage and each other whereas Claudio and Hero are a sweet couple who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another.

As the story unfolds, Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar.

However, Dogberry, a Constable, discovers the evil trickery of the villain, Don John who is captured and everyone else joins in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

Headteacher Richard Wood said: "We are absolutely delighted to be able to open the school's beautiful grounds to such a highly respected and professional open air theatre company. We look forward to welcoming people from all over the city to join us in what looks set to be a truly entertaining and inspiring evening."

All proceeds from the play will go towards the school's work with Petko Slaveikov School in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia, the only Christian school in the whole of Bulgaria.

Tickets are now on sale at www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk or by calling the school office on 01905 457047 at a cost of £12 per adult and £8 for children.

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