Festival will be celebrating everything Shakespearean

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Titchfield Festival Theatre, Bench Theatre and the Royal Navy Theatre Association are just some of the amateur dramatics groups taking part in the Nuffield Theatre’s Open Stages Festival.

A Royal Shakespeare Company project produced in partnership with The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, it will see over 20 regional amateur companies working with professional staff for a six-night festival celebrating Shakespeare from June 10-16.

As a contribution to the Cultural Olympiad, the theatre was asked to partner the RSC’s World Theatre Festival initiative and mentor and host a week-long festival celebrating the Bard.

Whether it be Much Ado About Nothing in modern naval dress, Hamlet as a humble boy in the English countryside or Twelfth Night presented by young people, each performance offers a different selection of extracts from plays he wrote or inspired others to write.

Titchfield Festival Theatre will be arriving at the Nuffield Theatre on Tuesday to perform Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night, while Havant’s Bench Theatre will be performing Love’s Labour’s Lost and Cymbeline the following day on Wednesday.

The Royal Navy Theatre Association will also be putting on Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Nuffield associate director Russ Tunney says: ‘It’s going to be quite a logistical feat.’

n Tickets cost £5.50 to £7.50 from Nuffield Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8067 1771 or go to nuffieldtheatre.co.uk.