Some tickets still available for Shakespeare at the George this week

Shakespeare at the George

Shakespeare at the George - Credit: Archant

There are still some tickets available for this summer’s Shakespeare at the George (SATG) performance of Pericles.

The production opened last week, and on Friday Dame Norma Major, who is patron of SATG, presented bursary cheques to two theatre groups.

Pottersbury Players received £750 and One Tree Theatre Productions were handed a cheque for £250.

Performances take place in the courtyard at The George Hotel, in Huntingdon, until July 8.

Pericles is a late play, probably written in 1608 and preceding Cymbeline and The Winter’s Tale. In Shakespeare’s time it was one of the most frequently performed of his plays but probably the complexity of locations in the story made it less suitable to the formal proscenium arch style of theatre. It is now becoming more popular once again with several recent notable productions.

“The play is like no other written by Shakespeare for its depth of storyline,” said Simon Maylor, from SATG.

“It is a wonderful story of pure adventure. It is perhaps easiest to think of it rather like a Shakespearian version of The 1001 Arabian Nights, a fairy tale that romances its way around the Mediterranean world.

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With a cast of 19 people playing 47 parts, it really is a “company” production, similar to SatG’s award-winning production of The Nativity, also directed by Richard Brown, performed under the “Parlour” brand at the end of 2015.

Ticket prices range from £11-£13 and there are discounts for groups and under 16s are £7.50. or