Good dawning to thee, friends

Well, the week is finally upon us and it’s time to for you, the audience, to ‘Brush up Your Shakespeare’.

Yes, the curtain goes up this Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the Matchbox’s summer offering, our revue of all things Bardic in honour of the great man’s 450th birthday. Cabaret-style, it is set to be a more informal evening of eating, drinking and merriment with audiences entertained by a series of sketches, songs, extracts and surprises all seamlessly held together by our very own manifestation of Bill Shakespeare himself.

Throughout the evening punters will witness a host of classics presented in ways familiar and some in ways wholly unexpected, with a finely crafted balance of the more thoughtful and dramatic and a very healthy dose of the comic and, in some cases, deliciously absurd. This has been a labour of love for cast and crew – and not a labour lost- and it is pleasing to see that we are approaching another sell-out, although there are a handful of seats available at time of writing if you haven’t already booked your seat for this unique experience.

The product of a great many minds with all manner of directorial touches and flourishes, when this many cooks are involved in such a spicy, eclectic broth, it is important that a head chef comes to the fore. Though not necessarily applying for the job, Vicky Pearce has taken on the role with aplomb to pull together a marvellous evening of theatre which will see a magnificent array of turns from Matchbox faces old and new. We sincerely hope to see many of you there on the night, this will be a one of a kind event and we would hate you to miss out.

Hopefully there will be an update from the dress rehearsal before curtain up and there is also a little cheeky nostalgia lurking in the wings to get you in the mood (I will publish that very shortly) but in the meantime keep well, take care and give me now leave, to leave thee.

M x