Allington Castle to host exclusive Outdoor Theatre in aid of Heart of Kent Hospice

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Heart of Kent Hospice are excited to announce that exclusive tickets are now on sale to enjoy the magic of outdoor theatre this summer at one of Kent’s historic castles on Sunday 23 July 2023.

Set in Allington Castle, which is rarely open to the public, professional touring theatre company Changeling Theatre will perform two plays against this stunning tranquil backdrop.

An afternoon matinee performance of William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost will start at 2.30pm and an evening performance of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal will start at 7.30pm.

Book tickets before Friday 7 July* to get £5 off on every ticket.  Early bird tickets are £25 for adults and £10 for children (5-15 years). Ticket prices will increase from Saturday 8 July to £30 per adult / £15 per child (5 -15 years).

Arrive when the doors open to enjoy the surroundings and choose your spot in front of the stage.

About William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost

“Love is familiar. Love is a devil.”

The King and three friends take an oath dedicating themselves to a life of study, avoiding the company of women for three years.

No sooner have they made their vow the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.

Widely believed to be the prequel to Much Ado about Nothing, this early Shakespeare promises luscious costumes and a few surprises, including an original music collaboration with Kent arts festival, Jam on the Marsh.

Four boys and four girls in a game of love – this is Shakespeare does Bridgerton. If you loved the Netflix series, then this show is perfect for you!

About Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal

“Smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another’s breast”

Lady Sneerwell is in love with Charles who’s in love with Maria. Joseph is in love with Maria who’s in love with Charles. Clearly, all is not peachy on the romantic front.

Would-be suitors Lady Sneerwell and Joseph devise a plot to ruin Charles and Maria’s relationship through gossip and lies. Creating a scandal of epic proportions.

Sheridan’s meticulously crafted play is a razor sharp, highly entertaining satirical comedy. In the age of fake news this is the play to see. It will have you in stitches from beginning to end!

There is no seating, so bring a picnic blanket and/or fold up chairs. Don’t forget to bring your picnic baskets full of delicious food, wine or champagne to enjoy. Note: hot and cold drinks, along with wine and bubbles, will also be available to purchase. It’s also worth remembering that it is likely to become cooler once the sun goes down so bring warm clothes and a blanket.

Allington Castle, ME16 0NB.  There will be event parking within the grounds of the castle.

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About Heart of Kent Hospice

Heart of Kent Hospice has been providing free, compassionate, end-of-life care to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones in Maidstone, Aylesford, Tonbridge and Malling and the surrounding towns and villages for the past 31 years.

The Hospice has built an excellent reputation within the local community for the quality of its care, which has been further endorsed by the Care Quality Commission who awarded us with an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ following an inspection in February 2017.

Our vision is for everyone living with a terminal illness in our community to achieve the best quality of life. We are committed to achieving this by enabling them to live in comfort, with independence and dignity to the end of their lives, and to support those closest to them.

Last year the Hospice cared for over 1,800 patients and their families in their own homes or at our Aylesford-based Hospice. Our services cost £5 million a year to run, and we depend heavily on our loyal community of supporters, whose generous donations and fundraising activities raise over £4 million.

About Changeling Theatre

Changeling Theatre produces high quality, entertaining theatre in non-traditional locations for community audiences across South East England. Productions range from re-interpretations of Shakespeare and modern classics to working with new writers and composers to create innovative new theatre.

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