The National Trust celebrates the World Shakespeare Festival
This August, to coincide with the World Shakespeare Festival, Clandon Park and Hatchlands Park, are presenting a series of performances and workshops of some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays: A Midsummer Night’s dream, Macbeth, The Tempest and Much Ado about Nothing.
The stunning National Trust venues, based near Guildford, will provide great entertainment for all the family, and audiences will have the opportunity to view the famous Shakespeare portrait at Hatchlands Park. The famous Cobbe Portrait of Shakespeare, painted in c1610 by an unknown artist has recently returned to Hatchlands Park in Guildford, after being the centrepiece of an exhibition in New York’s Morgan Library and Museum.
Now hanging in pride of place in the library, this painting caused an international sensation when it was unveiled in March 2009 at the exhibition “Shakespeare Found: A Life Portrait at Last ,” at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The exhibition revealed that the painting was repeatedly copied and that the majority of the 17th century copies possessed long traditions as representations of Shakespeare. The portrait’s status as the original of these copies has only recently been established by x-ray, infrared examination and tree-ring dating. Perhaps most excitingly, this portrait appears to have been taken from life.
The Shakespeare Festival tickets includes a free visit to both houses in August and a complimentary voucher for the shop and restaurant. Visitors will be encouraged to bring a picnic or book a meal in on of the restaurants or tea shop.
Ari Volanakis, Visitor Experience Manager, said:
“We are delighted to host these talented theatre companies and celebrate the
World Shakespeare Festival, described as an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations and the biggest celebration of Shakespeare ever staged.”
The festival kicks off at Hatchlands Park with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, when Guildford Shakespeare Company will take you on 4 magical trips into Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece on August 1, 2 and 3rd.
This is followed by the spectacular production of Macbeth by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men at Hatchlands for one night only on 15th August . The festival ends with a flourish on August 26th at Clandon Park when Much Ado About Nothing is staged by Heartbreak Productions, with a WWII theme.