For the 19th consecutive year, Outdoor Theatre will return to Oystermouth Castle, and this summer, literary classics will be brought to life by the ingenuity of Illyria.
Comprised of a team of 5 intrepid actors, Illyria have attracted sell-out audiences in their 26 open-air touring seasons to uphold their reputation as being, quite simply, the best.
26 July – The Comedy of Errors
The Comedy of Errors tells the tale of two sets of identical twins, Antipholus and Dromio, who reside in sworn-enemy cities Syracuse and Ephesus. Separated by tragedy, they unknowingly reconnect in the same city many years later.
With plenty of twists, turns and chance meetings their lives as they knew them begin to unravel – and fast. Add to the mix an irate Courtesan, an Abbess in disguise and a mad schoolmaster come exorcist, and you’re all set for a whirlwind performance!
Join us in Ephesus, Mexico, with your sombreros at the ready for Shakespeare’s funniest slapstick comedy, adapted direct from his first folio.
Pride and Prejudice, is a humorous story of love and life, set in Georgian England. 5 middle-class sisters’ lives are turned upside down by a wealthy new village arrival and his dashing, if a little pompous, best friend – Mr Darcy.
Sparks soon begin to fly, and with multiple wedding proposals, this modern interpretation of the Jane Austen classic is far away from traditional tea-parties and gala dinners. But is the love that’s in the air set to last, or will his pride be too much for her prejudice?
After all, “it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
Immerse yourself in the stories of two literary classics, performed as you’ve never seen before; as you wonder how Illyria can get to the end of the production without needing more actors!
Scholars across the Atlantic agree that their performance style is the most authentic Elizabethan to be seen.
Wonder if it’s suitable for your little ones? Check out Illyria’s suitability guide.
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Be sure to keep an eye (and ear) out for competitions to win a family pass to both performances, online with Enjoy Swansea Bay and on air with Heart Radio.
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