Alsager Community Theatre (ACT) was founded in 1973. Our current aim is to produce at least two plays a year, one in our home base in the Alsager Civic and one, courtesy of the National Trust, at Little Moreton Hall.
During the past 44 years, we have gained a reputation for acclaimed productions of Shakespeare and other classics, as well as having a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 with Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.
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The Two Noble Kinsmen
By William Shakespeare and John Fletcher
Little Moreton Hall
First performance Thursday 12 July
BOX OFFICE OPENS 8 JUNE
National Trust property Little Moreton Hall once again hosts a production by award-winning local amateur company, Alsager Community Theatre. In July, ACT stages an adaptation of The Two Noble Kinsmen, written jointly by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, in the courtyard of this beautiful Elizabethan Hall (or in a marquee there if the weather is wet).
This story of two young Theban knights in love with the same woman is a tale of war and courtly love previously told by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, and is based on an ancient Greek myth. There is conflict between the Greek cities of Athens and Thebes, and cousins Palamon and Arcite find themselves prisoners of war in Athens. Their prison cell overlooks the garden of Emilia, sister-in-law to the Duke of Athens, whereupon they both fall madly in love with her, changing from the best of friends into perfect enemies!
Director Diana Lane tells us “ACT’s production of The Two Noble Kinsmen will be a treat for both actors and audience: a chance to experience one of Shakespeare’s lesser known and rarely performed works, and one which contains a host of strong and memorable characters. Shakespeare and Fletcher introduce a new character to the story whose presence prompts some lovely poignant scenes; the jailer’s daughter, driven to madness by her love for Palamon. There are also opportunities for humour; the speed with which Palamon and Arcite fall for Emilia, their polite consideration for each other as they prepare to fight to the death, and Emilia gazing at pictures of Palamon and Arcite, trying to decide which one she likes best.
ACT is fortunate to have gathered a large and very experienced cast of familiar faces and new talent, and once again wardrobe mistress Barbara Malcolm will be producing stunning and colourful costumes to complement the beautiful setting of the Hall.”
The Two Noble Kinsmen will be performed on 12, 13 and 14 July and on 19, 20 and 21 July 2018 at 7.30pm. Audience members are free to picnic on the lawns at Little Moreton Hall beforehand, and there is a marquee for performances in the event of wet weather.
Tickets are £14 (£10 for under 21s), and the box office will open on 8 June.
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