Tolethorpe offering is laugh-a-minute

Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes by the Stamford Shakespeare Company PHOTO: Jon Roche/Sarah Bradley
Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes by the Stamford Shakespeare Company PHOTO: Jon Roche/Sarah Bradley
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The season of performances by the Stamford Shakespeare Company in the magnificent outdoor setting of Tolethorpe Hall, has passed the halfway stage.

The Comedy of Errors has now finished its run, but there are still chances to see another Shakespeare classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and, by way of a contrast, an adaptation of Dad’s Army TV shows.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is performed today (Friday), and tomorrow and then from Monday to Saturday, August 12 to 17.

Dad’s Army (The Lost Episodes), will be performed Monday to Saturday during the rest of August except for August 26-28. Set on the night of the solstice when, folklore had it, dreams were prophetic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream blends wit, farce and fantasy in an outrageous comedy full of characters who have been household names for four centuries - Bottom, Puck, Titania, Oberon, and the ‘Lovers’.

After the highly successful sell-out of the 2010 production of Dad’s Army, the company is reuniting the cast once more in The Lost Episodes. The classic TV comedy series of the Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea comes to the stage in four hilarious comedies by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.

Adapted for the Tolethorpe stage, A Stripe for Frazer, Sgt Wilson’s Little Secret, Operation Kilt and Under Fire have all the well-loved characters under the command of the redoubtable Captain Mainwaring.

Performances start at 7.45pm. Additional matinée shows are staged on Saturdays at 1.30pm.Performances take place at Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, Stamford.For ticket details, call 01780 756133 or go to www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk