Things Hot Up for Globe Visit
“The annual visit of the Globe Theatre is one of the highlights of the year and has introduced so many people to Shakespeare” is how one local messaged on Facebook recently, and now the Globe visit is almost upon us.
With the weather set for sunshine, the picnic hampers will be out and the corks popping as the audience, which in previous years has exceeded 500 in one evening, prepare to enjoy The Bard’s much-loved comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
“This is a great play for everyone, young and old,” says Chrys Salt Artistic Director of The Bakehouse, the arts organisation bringing the London touring company to the region for the seventh consecutive year. “It will make you laugh a lot and also give you opportunity for reflection.”
The play’s two most famous protagonists, Beatrice and Benedick, are hell-bent on not falling in love and the farcical circumstances that result have given many great actors the opportunity to show their comic skills.
“The Globe, it should be a ball!” said another Facebook message, and this year the event has achieved a broad range of support in recognition that it is an annual Dumfries and Galloway highlight.
“Sponsorship has been broader than ever,” says The Bakehouse Business Manager Richard Macfarlane. “The Council through the Chamber of Arts has been fantastic and the Local Area Committee in Wigtownshire has even supported us in recognition that we draw an audience from across the whole region.
“The Holywood Trust and Bibliographic Data Service have added their support and we enjoy, as every year, the incredible support of the Crichton and Easterbrook Hall. We have to thank them all.”
Schools have been a particular target this year with the Council and Holywood Trust offering additional funds to assist schools in getting to one of the three performances that take place on the evenings of the Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th of June at 7.30 and the afternoon of the 25th June at 2.30.
“In this the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth we too intend to have a party in the Crichton grounds,” says John Hudson, one of the event organisers. “What better way to celebrate than with The Globe Theatre, Much Ado, Ballard’s burger van and huge audience!”
Tickets for the Globe’s performances can be ordered from Shakespeare’s Globe Box Office, 020 7401 9919, www.shakespearesglobe.com or from Midsteeple Dumfries, 01387 253383, www.dgboxoffice.co.uk.