Friday, June 25, 2010

Shakespeare on the Lawn at Linden Place

The Bristol Theatre Company Presents "Shakespeare on the Lawn at Linden Place" featuring a Contemporary Version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is a fun, frothy romp though the travails of high school, complete with note-passing, hearsay, mistaken identity, and the big dance where everything changes. For three consecutive Sundays in July, the Bristol Theatre Company will present this classic tale in a new way that is entertaining for the entire family. The performance will take place in the historic Linden Place gardens at 500 Hope Street on July 11, July 18 and July 25 at 4 P.M.

Messina High School is overrun with rumors. Star athlete Benedick is convinced he can't tolerate classmate Beatrice, but rumors of Beatrice's love for him convince him otherwise. Beatrice is convinced she can't tolerate Benedick, but rumors of his love for her convince her otherwise. Benedick's friend Claudio thinks that Pedro is in love with Hero and that Hero is in love with Borachio, but in fact Hero is in love with Claudio. It's all Vice Principal Dogberry can do to keep everything straight. Will the whole student body collapse under the weight of it all, or is it Much Ado About Nothing?

Admission is $12 and tickets may be purchased at the door. In the event of rain, the performance will take place in the Linden Place ballroom. Bring your own chair, blanket and picnic! For more information, call the Linden Place office at 401-253-0390.

Friends of Linden Place is a non-profit organization responsible for the restoration and preservation of the historic house museum at 500 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, and for the promotion of cultural, artistic, and educational programs in the community. The mansion and grounds are open to the public from May to October, during the holiday season, and also by appointment.

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