16TH JULY | MACBETH: 13:30 | MUCH ADO: 19:00
The Three Inch Fools; Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing – a rip-roaring comedy of quarrels, deceptions and a frustratingly stupid man called Dogberry.
The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors, performing a highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare’s plays across the UK.
The Three Inch Fools do Shakespeare differently – a fast-paced, musically-driven style, using all sorts of different instruments, plenty of multi-roling and many a quick costume change along the way.
Please bring along your own chairs and whatever else you may need to enjoy the performance.
Much Ado About Nothing (Performance begins at 19:00)
Returning from the battlefield as brave soldiers, Claudio and Benedick find themselves battling feelings of the heart as they are reunited with Hero and Beatrice. A series of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and a scheming brother threatens to sabotage Claudio’s attempts to woo Hero. While Benedick and Beatrice find themselves stubbornly fighting their feelings for one another.
Where have The Three Inch Fools performed previously?
2019 is our fifth year on the road, having previously performed at over 100 different venues across the UK. We have been performing at many of our venues for the last four years or so. We’ve performed outdoors and indoors at all sorts of different places. Stand-out experiences for us include: Romeo & Juliet in Ripon Cathedral; Macbeth at Glamis Castle in the very medieval crypt that is said to have influenced Shakespeare for the setting of King Duncan’s murder; we’ve performed on Hastings Pier, a garlic farm on the Isle of White, on village greens and in an old fire station. In 2018 we performed Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the cobbled courtyard of London’s last remaining galleried coaching inn – The George Inn on London’s Bankside. We have a residency at a National Trust property in Barking, East London – Eastbury Manor House, an Elizabethan mansion house, where we have performed in the walled garden and amongst the ancient beams in the gallery attic – a truly historical setting! We’ve performed at the RSC’s Dell theatre space on the banks of the river Avon, and this year we will be performing at two royal residences – Balmoral and Sandringham. For us, all the world really is a stage!