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Palace at the Castle offers open-air season of comedy and classics in Newark

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Summer is upon us and with it comes a show-stopping line-up of outdoor entertainment from acclaimed theatre companies.

After a successful first season in 2021, Palace At The Castle is returning to once again showcase stories in the open air grounds of Newark Castle throughout the summer months.

Audiences will be whisked away to an enchanted world of magic and wonder, take to the high seas and step back in time to 18th Century Shrewsbury as a selection of family-favourites and classics are performed.

Palace at the Castle. (57482360)
Palace at the Castle. (57482360)

The seven-show line-up opens with Pride And Prejudice, on July 23, as Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings Jane Austen’s classic love story to life as Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters pursue true love and uncover Mr Darcy’s true nature.

It is followed by the unexpected highs and lows, quick costume changes and sharp wit of the National Production Company’s Jekyll and Hyde, on July 28. It promises a wild ride that will leave audiences helpless with laughter in the retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella.

Jekyll and Hyde. (57482390)
Jekyll and Hyde. (57482390)

August kicks off with The Recruiting Officer, on August 2, taking a tour of 18th century Shrewsbury as Rain Or Shine Theatre Company follows the mischief of crooked army recruiting officers in this classic comedy ­— who are determined to get the Queen’s Shilling by any means, legal or otherwise.

On August 11 Shakespeare comes to town, as theatre company The Pantaloons brings its take on the timeless summer comedy of masks, music and mistaken identities to the Castle with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing. Devious plans threaten young lovers Claudio and Hero, while bickering Benedick and Beatrice must admit they do actually like each other.

Chapterhouse production of Pride And Prejudice (56784333)
Chapterhouse production of Pride And Prejudice (56784333)

Moving from the 18th Century to the jungle, audiences can join King Louie for fun, laughter and plenty of participation in The Jungle Book, on August 17.

The final show of the month is Alice In Wonderland, on August 23.

Folksy Theatre’s production will bring the peculiar Cheshire Cat, the wacky Mad Hatter and the foul-tempered Queen of Hearts to Newark in a show filled with live music and puppetry.

The season ends on September 2, with award-winning Illyria Theatre’s Pirates Of Penzance.

Jungle Book. (57482385)
Jungle Book. (57482385)

An unfortunate technicality leaves apprentice pirate Frederick kept from his sweetheart and facing a life of crime with only the inept Penzance constabulary to protect him, in a Gilbert and Sullivan show packed full of memorable songs with a nautical accompaniment.

All seven shows are family-friendly, getting everyone involved in the summer fun as the magic of theatre comes to Newark Castle.

Tickets available at the Palace Theatre box office.

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