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Outdoor Performance

Shakespeare Set for the Square

Bedford’s Harpur Square will form the back drop for a special outdoor performance of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing this July as part of the Bedfringe festival. 


Much Ado revolves around two couples; Hero & Claudio are young, in love and looking forward to their wedding day, Beatrice & Benedick are not so young, not so “in love” they look forward to sparring and scoring verbal points at the other’s expense! Throw in a dastardly villain, some covert match making and a host of colourful comedy characters and you have everything you need for Shakespeare in the Garden, by the lake or even on a Bedfringe stage!! Bring a picnic and enjoy this Great British tradition.


Brought to the town by Bedford Borough Council’s Corn Exchange the performance will featureBedford based company No Loss. No Loss is a run by local actor Cally Lawrence, to produce professional theatre in the county at a price that people can afford and to collaborate with other local professionals who are also passionate about the arts.


Director Elizabeth Thomas told us "we are so looking forward to this season, we have some fantastic new venues on board, some of which are not often open to the public, so we hope Bedfordshire audiences will be tempted to come along and see for themselves why we have chosen them"  The majority of the cast are based in Bedfordshire including Cally Lawrence who takes on the role of feisty Beatrice, she explains "Beatrice is one of those roles that has always been on my wish list to play, so it's brilliant that I get to do it in my home county with fantastic local actors" Cally was last seen on our screens with David Mitchell and Robert Webb on Peep Show, but she has also been a blind date to Ricky Gervais in The Office and a cell mate to Tracey Barlow in Coronation St.


The production comes to Harpur Square on the 25th July and tickets priced £12 or £10 plus booking fee can be booked along with other Bedfringe shows in the following ways:


Telephone the box office: 01234 718112

Visit the webpage http://www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/

Or in person from Number 13, 13 St. Pauls Square, Bedford


Doors will open one hour before curtain up and audiences are advised to bring low back chairs or rugs to sit on, and to be prepared for all weathers!


This performance will be followed by a range of events in the outdoor setting of Harpur Square over 25th, 26th and 27th July - this will include live comedy and live music as part of Bedfringe.

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