Help us Celebrate our Diamond Jubilee this year
Shakespeare at The George (SaTG) has been performing open-air Shakespeare productions at The George Hotel, Huntingdon since 1959. Our venue for each of the last 60 years – the courtyard of the hotel – is a genuine Elizabethan setting, built in 1574 when William Shakespeare was 10 years of age. The courtyard and balcony are representative of the type of venue that would have been used in Shakespeare’s time and indeed has been used for hundreds of years by travelling players. Although much of the building was later destroyed by fire, the arch and balcony (which is used in all our productions) overlooking the courtyard was saved.
As well as this year’s summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we’re celebrating our anniversary in a host of interesting ways.
For instance, we’ve already premiered Shakespearean, a new work created by writer / director Lynne Livingstone based on the words and plot devices found throughout Shakespeare’s plays. Commissioned for our anniversary, the one-act play garnered rave reviews at The Bridge Arts Festival in April and will also be a part of the prestigious Cambridge Drama Festival in September. Excitingly, fans of the bard will be able to see Shakespearean performed at The George in September as part of an exclusive ‘Dinner and show’ event – click here for more information
If you’ve visited The George hotel in Huntingdon this year, you may also have already seen (and marvelled at) the giant Lego replica featuring one of our plays being performed in the courtyard of The George Hotel. Measuring 6 foot x 4 foot x 3 foot, the finished masterpiece took local master builder Mike Addis two months to build using approximately 250,000 individual lego bricks, including 200+ lego figurines to represent the audience, cast and crew. As well as featuring on the BBC and in the Hunts Post, the model will be on display at The George Hotel throughout the run and at the Huntingdon History Festival in July.
The centre-piece of our year-long anniversary celebrations is the 130 page full-colour souvenir book published in June. Detailing 507 performances and 51 separate productions, it features a combined cast and crew of over 1,300 local actors, dancers, musicians, technicians and backstage support, not to mention the tens of thousands of audience members they’ve entertained over the years.
Packed with 130 pages of cast and crew lists, pictures and audience memories of every show we’ve performed at the iconic Huntingdon venue in the last 60 years, it is a fascinating record of the history of the company, painstakingly researched and assembled by SaTG’s archiving team of Elizabeth Elliott and Jacqueline Spencer and John Shippey who have spent many hundreds of hours in creating a worthy celebration of 60 years of this local theatrical institution.
This beautifully illustrated and informative piece of local history is just £10 and will be available to buy from the George Hotel throughout the run of this summer’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tuesday 25 June to Saturday 6 July). The book can also be ordered by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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