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Two Shakespeare comedies will be bringing us the laughs at Peterborough Cathedral this summer.

The popular outdoor theatre performances at the Cathedral return with two of the Bard’s best loved comedies.

A wonderful production of As You Like It will be performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men on Wednesday June 15 at 7pm, on the green outside the west front of the Cathedral followed by Quantum Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in July.

The all-male theatre company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, who can trace their roots back to Shakespeare’s time, visited last year with their much acclaimed, sell-out production of Macbeth. They are especially looking forward to the extra layer of fun and intrigue they will bring to this year’s show, when the plot means that a man playing a woman who is dressed as a man, pretends to be a woman!

Peter Stickney, Artistic Director and Producer says – “As You Like It is a wonderfully warm, funny and rich play. We follow our main characters as they flee or are exiled from the court to set up new lives in the Forest of Arden. There they find love, freedom and, ultimately, happiness.

“There is clearly much to be said for running away to the countryside and starting again! There will be plenty of songs and laughs, some classic Shakespearean cross-dressing confusion and a spot of wrestling.”

Then on Thursday July 14, Quantum Theatre will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Cloisters. This ever-popular story is set on that most dangerous of nights, when fairies are at play and nothing is as it seems. Four young, unsuspecting, lovers become entangled in their magical world and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitching woods outside Athens…

The shows are great for all ages and everyone is welcome, just take along a low backed chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic and a drink of something chilled. The performances will go ahead whatever the weather, so just check forecast beforehand and dress accordingly.

Tickets for As You Like It are available via and for A Midsummer Night’s Dream via or visit the Cathedral website and follow the links



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