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RichardIII-blogpostTwo Medway pupils will be treading the boards this summer with a professional theatre company. Kent-based Changeling Theatre Company open-air tour of Richard III comes to Rochester Castle on 10 July and Upnor on 31 July and 1 August.

Ashley Stevens and Jacob Clarke are playing the princes in the tower at the Rochester and Upnor performances after successfully auditioning earlier this year. Ashley, who turns 16 next month, lives in Lordswood and has just completed his GCSEs, including drama. He is looking forward to performing in Medway with all the cast. He said: “I’m not sure acting is something I want to pursue because at the moment I need to concentrate on my A’ Levels studies – including drama. I’m really grateful to Changeling Theatre Company for giving me this opportunity. More


Artistic portrait with textured background, bearded man with VenGB Theatre Company will be returning to Arundel Castle from 22-24 August for three enchanted evenings of outdoor Shakespearean performances as part of the Arundel Festival.

Hosted in the unique setting of the Castle’s immaculate Collector Earl’s Garden, GB Theatre Company will be performing two of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies against a floodlit castle backdrop.

This year’s audiences can enjoy alfresco performances of The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a particularly apt setting, as Castle Manager Bryan McDonald explains: More

Explore the world of Shakespeare with Medway Community Learning. The course looks at the culture of Shakespeare and his actors by studying his plays and the conditions of Elizabethan theatre. This course combines theory and practical and leads to a performance. The world of Shakespeare course starts on Monday, 29 April at 7pm at Eastgate House, Rochester. The full fee is £86, concessions available. To enrol contact Medway Community Learning at or phone 01634 338400.

Shane from Strood having fun at last year's English Festival: picture Simon Kelsey

Build sandcastles, dance to big band sounds and even rub shoulders with Shakespeare at Medway’s third annual English Festival, taking place on Saturday, 21 April at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham. More

“…a slow-burning, mesmerising production that drew the audience in before reaching its violent conclusion.” Review of Platform 4 Macbeth in the Daily Echo, Southampton

Shakespeare’s tragedy of ambition and guilt is given a modern makeover when it comes to The Brook Theatre next month.

Touring company Platform 4’s production creates a taut psychodrama that crackles with a wild electricity. Characters appear and disappear from the shadows as part of a nightmarish vision.

Building on the success of their Tempest, this Macbeth employs sparse staging and creates unique atmospheres while keeping the play intact, compelling, and fresh.

Platform 4 has developed a reputation for creating stunning visual theatre; blending text, movement and objects with evocative sound and light, to create unique theatrical gems.

Shakespeare’s tale is brought alive by the sonic experiments of sound designer Jules Bushell collaborating with composer and guitarist Bic Hayes, in his first foray into theatre after working and performing with psychedelic rock band The Cardiacs.

Platform 4 are also delighted to be working with world renowned Robert Bryan, who has been lighting designer for, among others, Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.

Platform 4 presents Macbeth at The Brook Theatre on Saturday, 15 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12, students £8 and senior citizens £10.

To book tickets phone the box office on 01634 338338


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