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Could there be anything lovelier than a word-perfect, inspired cast performing Shakespeare's classic lines in the style of an eighteenth century Venetian carnival, against the backdrop of the stunning Glastonbury Abbey with a harpist accompanying the ensemble?
My wife and I had the great pleasure of seeing you and the wonderful cast perform 'All's Well That Ends Well' last evening at Ingatestone Hall and were delighted with the performance, Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to the rest of the talented cast for a great evening.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and look forward to seeing you all again.
Good luck and best wishes for the rest of your tour.
"One of the loveliest nights of the year."(The Stage, 1989)
"William Shakespeare would have approved."(The Guardian,1992)
"As always we acclaim Theatre Set-Up for their elegant and lively way of interpreting and performing Shakespeare."(Bergens Tidende, Norway 1998)
"The Theatre Set-Up company's Continent-bound production is blessed with clarity and sprinkled with gentle songs... it has magic and much charm."(The Stage, 2000)
"They pay particular attention to the play's hidden meanings. This makes for clean-cut productions free of imposed directorial concepts, which allow the audience clear contact with the text."(Bill Stone, The Evening Herald, 2001)
"Standing ovations for the Theatre Set-Up "As You Like It" in Belgium and The Netherlands."(Brabants Dagblad, The Netherlands, 2002)
"For the Norwegian public it has become an annual dose to which they are addicted and of which they can not get enough."(Sissel Hamre, Bergens Tidende, Norway 2002)
"The cast managed to bring out the humour in the show brilliantly. All the performances were, as usual, excellent."(Manx Independent 2004)
The book, "Secret Meanings in Shakespeare Applied to Stage Performance" by Wendy Jean Macphee, containing illustrations and further research on the secret meanings and the plays' programme notes, is now available as an ebook (ISBN 978-1-911124-90-0) costing £9.99 and a print-on-demand paperback (ISBN 978-1-911124-91-7) costing £29.99 online from Amazon and major bookstores.
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"Upstaged by Peacocks"
Anecdotes of Touring Shakespeare in Open-air Heritage sites
by Wendy Jean Macphee
The first account of this genre of theatre now available to order as Print-on-Demand (£12.99) and eBook (£5.99) on Amazon and bookstores.