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Shakespeare’s Globe On Tour: Much Ado about Nothing.

After sell-out performances around the UK, this high quality cast arrives in the beautiful summer surroundings of Calderstones Mansion House on Saturday 14th June at 2.30pm for a knockout performance.

Last year, I reluctantly watched ‘A Winters Tale’ at Woolton’s Reynolds Park Walled Garden one evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. I raved about Shakespeare for weeks later.

Now, Shakespeare’s Globe brings one of Shakespeare’s liveliest comedies to the Garden Theatre at Calderstones this weekend.

Briefly, without spoiling the plot, the story involves Claudio who loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capable of keeping them apart.

Claudio’s friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together.

Only the intrigues of a resentful prince force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice- by killing his best friend……..well there you have it…..but not all, there is always a cunning twist.

Driven by a romance with all the more charming for being in denial, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a miracle of coming and dramatic suspense that gives us; in the bout, envy with Beatrice and Benedick two of Shakespeare’s wittiest, most endearing pair of lovers a field day to be enjoyed on the stage.

If you love Shakespeare then you must give this a view but if it’s all new, sit back like I did last year and you never know, you may be taken with it and become a new convert to the bard.

The Garden Theatre, Calderstones Mansion House, Calderstones Park L18 3JB
Tickets 020 7401 9919

The Reader Gallery at Calderstones…Saturday 19th April

Beautiful lake, enchanting gardens, and exciting adventure playgrounds all go together to make ….Great things happening in Calderstones Park!

So, if you have the time and can make it, take a trip to this versatile park while the glorious weather is still with us.

The Reader Organisation has taken over the mansion house for some time now and there are brilliant plans in the making for this beautiful historic building.

I have been asked many times about the Mansion and the Organisation housed there. So here’s the story in simple form, The Reader Organisation is an award-winning charitable social enterprise working across the UK to connect people with great literature.

During the summer I attended one of their conferences at Hope University and was impressed by their support and the number of schools and organisations using the medium of ‘the book’ to develop not only reading skills but confidence, attitude and in cases a springboard to further adult education courses.

The Reader Organisation is currently now working to transform the Grade II Listed Calderstones Mansion House with lottery funding, into an international centre for reading.

With fantastic weather forecast for tomorrow, what better than to wander into the park and visit the now refurbished café and see the plans for the upgrade.

There will also be a refurbishment of the fantastic outdoor theatre stage at the back of the Mansion and plans are on the horizon for a visit from the professional Shakespeare company, ‘The Globe Theatre’ soon!.

Take a walk to the old Coach House which now houses The Reader Gallery and view the display called ‘The Unforgotten Coat Exhibition’. This is an award-winning children’s book created by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Carl Hunter and Clare Heney (Edge Hill University), to support The Reader Organisation.

This exhibition features the stunning and atmospheric photography from the book, transforming Liverpool into a version of Mongolia through the medium of Polaroids. Well worth a purchase!


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