AN outdoor production of a Shakespearean tale is to be presented in Buckden in Venetian carnival-style dress with the music of Mozart played on a harp. This year the UKs longest-established outdoor touring Shakespeare company, Theatre Set-Up celebrate their 34th anniversary with a production of The Merchant of Venice. The play is being performed in the Walled Knot Garden at Buckden Towers on Friday, 16 July at 7.30pm. The play follows Bassanio, a young Venetian who has squandered his estate and who wishes to travel to Belmont to woo a beautiful heiress named Portia. He approaches Antonio, a merchant of Venice to lend him the money to pursue his love interest. Antonios money is tied up overseas so he borrows the money from a Jew in return for a pound of flesh if it is not returned within a fixed time. The scene is set for an intense drama in which Portia and her maid take on male disguises to solve all the problems and trick their wayward husbands. INFORMATION: Tickets cost £12/£10 on door (subject to availability) or in advance from 01480 810344.