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Double, double, toil and trouble: Post-Covid theatre at Peterborough Cathedral

A theatre company with its history rooted in the days of Shakespeare himself is set to perform Macbeth in the atmospheric setting of Peterborough Cathedral’s cloisters in June.
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Tickets are on sale for the performance of Macbeth in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral in June

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s leading all-male acting troupe, will perform the bard's Scottish tragedy on June 16 - and it will be the first theatrical production to be staged at the cathedral once the latest lockdown restrictions come to an end.

The company, whose alumni include the legendary Elizabethan actor Richard Burbage, are currently in rehearsals for the play. Early preparation for the actors involved using Zoom, but the performance itself will be live and in person.

Artistic director Peter Stickney said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for people to be entertained by watching a play exactly as William Shakespeare himself would’ve seen it performed. After all, it’s in the open-air, acted by an all-male cast and it’s complete with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance."

The present company, in its 16th year, is involved in a 14-week tour including more than sixty performances and takes place in all weather conditions.

Peterborough Cathedral's commercial director Dave Cramp commented: "At a time when we’re emerging from the shadows of Covid, this is a very safe way of inviting the public back to enjoy a theatre experience against the backdrop of our marvellous building. We're delighted to welcome a company of this calibre to the cathedral for what we're certain will be a memorable experience for the audience."

The performance will be carried out adhering to the latest government safety guidelines relating to Covid. Audience members are being encouraged to bring picnics, stand if able or bring deckchairs if required.

Patrons are reminded there is no parking available on site; using the city centre car parks is recommended.

Tickets are available now, costing £16 for adults and £10 for children. Booking fees apply.