St David's Bishop's Palace hosts ShakespearePosted: 2009-06-29
The medieval Bishop's Palace in St David's, Pembrokeshire, will play host to Shakespeare this August. The Festival Arts Theatre Company marks 40 years of performances at the historic site with multiple open-air performances of Shakespeare's Richard III at the medieval Bishop's Palace.
The performances also commemorate the 25th anniversary of Cadw, the government body charged with preserving Welsh heritage.
Performance dates are as follows:
Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, Saturday 8, Tuesday 11, Thursday 13, Saturday 15, Tuesday 18 & Thursday 20 August, all at 8pm.
To book tickets contact the Box Office in St Davids (opposite the City Hall) from 29 July, or book by phone (also from 29 July) on 01348 837 034.
Prices: - £9 full-price adult, £7 concessions, family tickets from £27 - £33.
In addition to the Shakespreare play, the Festival Arts Company will give two perfoprmances of poetry, music and prose, entitled Bag and Baggage, at the Palace Undercrofts on Sunday 9 August and Sunday 16 August.
The Bishop's Palace is located immediately beside historic St David's Cathedral. The palace was built between 1328 and 1347 as a residence for the powerful Bishops of St Davids, who also maintained a country retreat at nearby Lamphey. The cathedral was begun around 1180, and is a striking building of the local purple/red sandstone.
We've visited both the cathedral and the Bishop's Palace, and honestly, I can think of fewer venues more suited to a Shakesperian performance; the atmosphere created by the historic surroundings should be fantastic!