Shakespeare in the open-air

The Comedy of Errors 2017

The Comedy of Errors
Shakespeare in the Open Air 
performed by well-known and well-loved
British open-air theatre company ILLYRIA

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In their 26th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, Illyria return to their home-turf: Shakespearean comedy. 

In the bard’s shortest, funniest and most rumbustious comedy two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, unknowingly end up in the same city, and through a series of chance meetings their lives and sanity begin to unravel.  More and more people are sucked into a vortex of mistaken identity including an Officer who is paid per arrest, a Goldsmith who hasn't been paid at all, a delayed Merchant, an irate Courtesan and a mad Exorcist.  To say nothing of a wife who sometimes feels her husband is two different personalities, and a poor Immigrant who is arrested for being the wrong nationality.  And what exactly is the Abbess of Ephesus's dark secret?  Will anything ever make sense again?

To cap it all, this year Illyria’s Shakespeare production is re-located to the town of Ephesus, Mexico, and is performed by our very own 5-piece Mariachi band, resplendent in ponchos and sombreros. Ay caramba!

After 25 years Illyria is still the only open-air touring company to have won 4 international theatre awards for their Shakespeare productions, and whose director is a published writer on Shakespearean verse-speaking. Illyria leaves all-male casting back where it belongs (in the 16th century), drawing instead from the widest talent-pool available – which includes female actors as well as male.

*Grounds open 2 hours before the performance for picnics

Wednesday30 Aug19.30Heeswijk-Dinther, Kersouwe
Thursday31 Aug19.30*Wassenaar, Raadhuis de Paauw
Friday 1 Sept19.30*Wassenaar, Raadhuis de Paauw
Saturday2 Sept19.30Schovenhorst, Schovenhorst Estate

Heeswijk-Dinther (Kersouwe Natuurtheater) how to get there?
Kersouwelaan 1, 5473 TE Heeswijk Dinther

Wassenaar (Raadhuis de Paauw, Municipality of Wassenaar) how to get there?
Raadhuislaan 22, 2242 Wassenaar

Schovenhorst (Schovenhorst Estate) how to get there?
Garderenseweg 93, 3881 GK  PUTTEN   

(approx): 2hours (including 20 minute interval)

€5 & €10 Pre-sale (sale starts in May**); € 12.50 - € 35.00 (at the door € 37.50)
NOTE The Easy-STET ticketing system: prices will rise closer to the time (so... the earlier you book, the cheaper it is!)  Book your tickets  in the online STET Ticketshop.
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Get out your picnic hampers and fill them with your home-made pies, tartes, salads and whatever more.... Do take insect repellents, warm clothes etc with you. Grounds open 2 hours before the performance.

Food Trucks will be there with warm and cold snacks and drinks. 

Buy your English books before and after the performances. Rainbow Corner Books is an independent mobile book business specializing in the sale of the best and most up to date English books (for children). Whatever book you need, they can help. 

If it rains... well... you get wet! Bad weather does NOT stop the performance. So dress accordingly. 

Open-air family performance THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES By Hans Christian Andersen (5+) at Raadhuis de Paauw in Wassenaar

open1 September 2017  11.00-14.00
Identity and Shakespeare Workshop and Performance (16-20 yrs)
Emmeline Prior from London's world-famous Globe Theatre and Illyria are coming to the beautiful grounds of Raadhuis de Paauw in Wassenaar. 
Your students will have the opportunity to participate in this stimulating outdoor workshop as well as having a front-row seat as Shakespeare's words are brought to life by professional actors.


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Created in 1992, Illyria has been delighting audiences across Britain and in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Canada. Under the artistic directorship of Oliver Gray the company has won international acclaim for its lively, innovative approach to Shakespeare's plays and its high quality shows for Families. Due to demand created by their reputation for excellence, Illyria now performs more plays to more people across a wider area than any other open-air touring theatre company. Illyria's mission is to create a varied programme of outstandingly enjoyable theatre and to enable everyone to see it.

Illyria returns to the Netherlands for the 17th year performing at some of the most stunning locations like Open-Air theatre De Kersauwe in Heeswijk - Den Bosch, Raadhuis de Paauw in Wassenaar - The Hague, and the Schovenhorst Estate on the Veluwe. 

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