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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s only performance in Wales opens St Donats Arts Centre’s summer season     

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s only performance in Wales opens St Donats Arts Centre’s summer season Welsh fans of the prestigious Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre have one opportunity to catch them in Wales when they stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream in front of the magnificent St Donats Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan on bank holiday Monday 31 August at 6.30pm.

For the second year running, St Donats Arts Centre is the only venue in Wales to exclusively attract London’s celebrated company for Welsh audiences to enjoy its famous style of open-air performance on home ground.

The dramatic setting of the medieval St Donats Castle sitting majestically overlooking the sea provides the perfect backdrop for the eagerly-anticipated performance of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedy that follows the adventures of four young Athenian lovers, a group of amateur actors and the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest.

The esteemed Shakespeare's Globe Theatre was founded by the pioneering American actor and director, Sam Wanamaker who was disappointed not to find a memorial to one of the world’s greatest playwrights on the site of the original Globe.

This picnic performance will open St Donats’ new summer season including some of Britain’s most sought-after performers such as the dapper entertainer, Nicholas Parsons in his 'Just a Laugh a Minute' performance, the jazz legend, Mr Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Men, one of the world's most respected guitarists John Etheridge, the acclaimed Vale of Glamorgan Festival celebrating contemporary composers and the Big Chris Barber Band.

The season also includes some of Wales’ finest performers and companies. The electrifying Welsh folk performer Martyn Joseph who plays intimate folk clubs as comfortably as the Royal Albert Hall joins the Welsh Sinfonia Chorus and the renowned Sherman Theatre Company with its Christmas show for the very young.

St Donats’ programme of community-based activities launches the first Arts for Peace therapeutic programme for Wales that will bring together local children with others from areas of conflict around the world, the first concert by its new community choir, the St Donats Atlantic Chorale and the first community pantomime at St Donats for many years.

The centre, which holds Europe’s leading International Storytelling Festival, Beyond The Border every two years will also be taking Italian and Afro-Caribbean professional storytellers into schools and community settings around Wales as well as developing the Wales Young Storyteller of the Year competition for people under 16 years old.
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