The curtain is up on summer theatre at Drumlanrig

13th June, 2014

A trio of open air theatre performances are set to bring in summer at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate.

Illyria Theatre Company will stage the first of three productions on June 24 at 6pm, with its authentic take on Macbeth, Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy.

The production is performed on a stage closely replicating those of 17th-century touring troupes, with a gripping story and dazzling swordplay.

Illyria performs Shakespeare plays with only a handful of props and no scenery – as almost all of the playwright’s works were originally conceived.

The plays are performed uncut with five actors, the number Shakespeare’s own company is believed to have used.

Each is inspired by performance techniques of Elizabethan touring troupes, with live music and song, audience participation, contemporary references and a robust style.

On July 9 from 6pm, younger theatre-goers can enjoy a performance of George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – adapted by David Woods.

The classic story is full of larger-than-life characters and offers plenty of fun with a mischievous twist. The story follows George as he concocts his own medicine to give to his unpleasant Grandma, with hilarious results.

Last but not least is Robin Hood – taking place on July 16, also with a 6pm start.

First performed in 2007, Robin Hood remains one of Illyria Theatre Company’s most popular titles. The spectators can expect laughter, tears and plenty of cheering at an archery competition involving the entire audience.

Lucy Laidlaw, Marketing Manager for Buccleuch, said: “We are very excited to be welcoming such a highly regarded theatre company back to the Castle.
“It’s a great chance to take in a top quality show while enjoying the stunning surroundings of Drumlanrig.”

Gates open for all three events at 5pm and each performance is suitable for ages five and over. Tickets are available on the gate or by calling 01848 331 555 and are priced at £12 for adults, £6 for children aged 5 –16 and £32 for family tickets (two adults and two children).