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Much appreciated: Bard in the Park hits the spot

Flagstaff Team

Dramatic effect… Members of the Much Ado About Nothing cast (from left) Georgina Townley (playing Margaret), Sophia Malecaut-Watts (Hero), Erin Meek (Beatrice) and Jennifer Whisken (Ursula)

Shoreside Theatre’s 25th anniversary season of Shakespeare in the Park has had the PumpHouse Theatre pumping with people, with a sell-out show last week.

This Saturday 20 February will be the theatre’s last show, finishing the season with Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, which it has alternated with Hamlet. Director Jason Moffatt said the Ado season has been very successful in terms of audience numbers attending, with last week’s performance a sell-out.

“It’s been a great experience. Hard work during four months of rehearsals, but the end result has been well worth it.”

Hamlet director and PumpHouse manager James Bell said the outdoor atmosphere of Shakespeare in the Park by Lake Pupuke was a highlight.

This year, free tickets were offered to children to celebrate 25 years of Shakespeare in the Park.

“It’s been really rewarding to see so many young people come along to Hamlet and be fully engaged in the story right the way through,” Bell said.


This article originally appeared in the 5 March 2021 edition of the Rangitoto Observer.

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