Enchanting amphitheatre to open in South Downs countryside

From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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ACTOR Rupert Penry-Jones will open a new amphitheatre in the South Downs National Park.

It’s not often diggers have to remove 5,000 tons of soil before a theatre production can take to the stage.

But that’s exactly the preparation required for Petersfield’s Shakespeare Festival this summer.

The open-air venue is off Church Road, Steep, and will be opened on Friday by the Spooks actor.