Over August Bank Holiday weekend actors from Ilkley Playhouse will once again be performing Bard in the Yard in both the Wildman Theatre at the playhouse and in the Ilkley Manor House courtyard.
This year's Bard in the Yard will feature a half hour version of “Hamlet” directed by Dick Hebbert and a thirty minute adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Andrew Leggott.
About Hamlet, director Dick Hebbert writes: “Hamlet seeks to avenge the murder of his father at the hands of his uncle, who, having killed Hamlet’s father has married Hamlet’s mother. In this version of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays there’s a ghost, murder most foul, poison, plots, sword fights, a play-within-a-play, graveyards, a skull, two minor characters who later became stars in their own play and more quotable lines than you’ll find in the Oxford Book of English Verse.”
Speaking about A Midsummer Night’s Dream, director Andrew Leggott says: “This is another play-within-a-play. Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy, as an ill-assorted bunch of rowdy workers aspire to thespian heights, impeded by the King and Queen of the fairies and their followers, led by the mischievous sprite, Puck. Oh, and a certain ass’s head plays a part too. No lovers in this production, to leave more room for the shenanigans of the fairies and mechanicals!”
Performances will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday 26th August in the Wildman Theatre, and at 2pm in the Manor House Yard on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August.
If the weather is inclement on the Sunday or Monday, the performance will transfer back to Ilkley Playhouse which is less than five minutes’ walk away.