A Dream of a play coming to Bedford Park next week

Big Spirit actors Poppy Allen-Quarmby and Jenny Wall
Big Spirit actors Poppy Allen-Quarmby and Jenny Wall

The works of Shakespeare return to Bedford Park on Friday July 17, courtesy of the Pavilion at the Park and Big Spirit Theatre.

This abridged version of one of the most popular of Shakespeare’s comedies, traditionally set in a forest, is being brought into the era of the ‘Swinging Sixties’.

Big Spirit is the pre-eminent youth theatre company in the Home Counties and has a unique approach to the development of young actors. Through a mixture of workshops and performances, young people from all walks of life are given the confidence to interact and perform on stage in a remarkably short space of time.

But there’s more, as talented young musicians from the local area will be providing musical entertainment throughout the evening.

The Pavilion at the Park has been recently refurbished and re-opened, after many years of sitting empty, and is fast achieving a reputation for simple and imaginative, locally produced seasonal food, in charming surroundings.

Emma Garrett, director of the Pavilion at the Park, said: “Our aim is to reinvigorate the building and to re-energise the park and with this in mind we are bringing Shakespeare back.”

On the evening, ticket holders are encouraged to bring a picnic or enjoy the Lamb Spit Roast and energetic performance.

The principal event partner is Michael Graham, the well-established property agents in Bedford, whose support is described as “significant”.

The picnic area will open at 7pm, with the performance starting at 7.45pm, ending at about 9.15pm.

Ticket prices are £12 or £6 for concessions. Tickets can be bought online at https:/midsummernightsdream.youcanbookme