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Living museum to host outdoor theatre shows

Singleton’s museum is set to host several outdoor theatre shows this month to attract visitors through it’s doors.


The Weald & Downland Living Museum, celebrate their 50th anniversary next month but were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this year when they had to close admissions.


As a charity and a self-funded independent enterprise, the museum lives on what income they make themselves with 90 per cent coming directly from visitors through admissions – while they were closed, this income is lost and that has had a serious financial impact on the museum.


Now, back open, the museum is hosting open air theatre events including, Much Ado About Fallstaff on August 30, and Choice Grenfell August 31. Instead of individual tickets the museum are selling ‘bubble spaces’. Each bubble will allow entry for up to four people at the cost of £40 – with a total of 60 bubble spaces.


Kick In The Head Productions new play Much Ado About Falstaff’,  follows Shakespeare’s character Sir John Falstaff, a rogue, a womanizer and a lazy, do nothing, glutton, but also one of Shakespeare’s greatest and enduring comic creations.


In this new play by Simon Downing we find Falstaff, played by Giles Shenton (Old Herbaceous, Three Men in a Boat) in his bedroom in the Boars Head being nursed by Mistress Quickly played by Suzanna Walters (Choice Grenfell).


The creditors arrive demanding payment. Will Falstaff resort to marrying Mistress Quickly in order to pay off his debts? Will he turn teetotal? Will he mellow in his old age? Find out the answers to all these important questions that Shakespeare never bothered to answer and join Falstaff for an evening of jollity, frivolity, a definite lack of coequality and more Shakespearean insults than ever previously heard on a theatrical stage.


Choice Grenfell, also by Kick In The Head Productions is a heart-warming 40th anniversary tribute to the unremittingly genteel, comedienne and monologist, Joyce Grenfell.


The show is a wonderful tribute, featuring some of the best of Joyce’s hilarious songs and monologues from Stately as a Galleon and School Nativity Play to A Terrible Worrier and First Flight. Joyce is our guide for a delightful delve into some of her most endearing characters, ably accompanied by her trusted pianist William Blezard.


The family of William Blezard have allowed Kick In The Head productions access to previously unpublished rehearsal recordings and personal letters from Joyce, allowing a unique insight into the queen of comediennes.


Tickets are now available to  book online and to ensure social distancing restrictions can be maintained, only limited numbers will be allowed to this showing, so booking in advance is essential.


Each ‘bubble’ will be 1.5 meters apart from another and you will be allowed up to four people inside your ‘bubble’.


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