How to get the Bard in the mood for an outdoor production

Some of Shakespeare’s best-known characters will board a time machine for the Glenn Miller era in an ambitious open air production later this year.

Lavenham Hall gardens will be the setting for a production of Much Ado About Nothing in July with the story of Beatrice and Benedick taking place in the village as soldiers return from war in 1945.

With a big band soundtrack, land girls, vintage Jeeps and a sprinkling of characters who could be on leave from Dad’s Army, it should appeal to lovers of history and nostalgia as well as Shakespeare devotees.

Now, Lavenham Players are searching for people to take part and director Annie Eddington has issued an invitation for anyone interested to go along to auditions.

She said: “Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works and is beautifully suited to an outdoor performance.”

A workshop for potential cast members takes place in Lavenham Village Hall on Sunday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Auditions are on Sunday, March 10, from 5pm to 7pm, Monday, March 11, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and Tuesday, March 12, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the upper room at Lavenham Royal British Legion Club.