Macbeth will be Progress Theatre's next outdoor Shakespeare production

Published: 8 Feb 2013 11:000 comments

Visitors to Caversham Court Gardens this summer should prepare for a ghoulish treat as the witches and wickedness of Macbeth are brought to life in the tranquil riverside setting.

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After the discovery of Richard III's bones under a Leicester car park, and with Henry I's remains thought to be inside the Reading Abbey ruins, follows the announcement that Progress Theatre will perform the dastardly tale of Macbeth and his bloody fight for the throne - with sponsorship from Theale-based divorce and family law firm, Tony Roe Solicitors.

The amateur theatre group's annual Open Air Shakespeare performance is from Thursday to Saturday, July 18-27, and the production's marketing manager, Tony Wernham, said: "Shakespeare's 'Scottish Play' Macbeth is the 16th summer Open-Air Shakespeare staged by Progress Theatre. A number of actors regularly seen on television have performed with Progress Theatre over the years, and Kenneth Branagh first took to the stage as a prominent member of its Student Group a number of years ago. Progress Theatre is now almost 60 years old and is a self-funded community theatre group wholly staffed by volunteers, and is a registered charity".

Since Open Air Shakespeare started at the Reading Abbey Ruins in 1995, Progress Theatre, based at The Mount in Reading, has welcomed more than 4,000 theatregoers. Outdoor Shakespeare moved to Caversham Court Gardens in 2001, and principal, Tony Roe, said, "We are very pleased to be asked to sponsor this production once again. We enjoy supporting Progress Theatre, which has a reputation for high quality, challenging theatre. The Open Air Shakespeare is a highlight of Reading's cultural calendar".

And for any budding thespians, auditions for 10 male and four female actors will take part shortly. See /www.progresstheatre.co.uk/audition-notice-macbeth-openair/ or for Tony Roe Solicitors see www.tonyroesolicitors.com

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