Fuller's hosts Shakespeare in the Garden community performances

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Fuller’s treated special guests from Special Olympics Great Britain, Future Onside Youth Zone and Grange School in Ealing to private Shakespeare in the Garden performances by Open Bar Theatre Company throughout July – showing them how great Shakespeare can be.

Shakespeare in the Garden is our annual pub garden theatre experience performed by Open Bar. This year’s shows include Romeo & Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and we wanted to treat local children, teenagers, and athletes from Special Olympics GB to special private performances.

Shakespeare in the Garden free performances for the community

Grange School at The Plough

More than 100 Year Five pupils from Grange School in Ealing attended a private performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in the garden of The Plough in Ealing’s Northfield Avenue on Monday 8 July.

The performance kicked-off the season of Shakespeare in the Garden and was well-received by the students whom were coincidently studying Shakespeare at school.

General Manager of The Plough, Richard Kavanagh, whose son Charlie was among the students that attended, said: “When the opportunity to host a free performance for a local school was suggested, there was an obvious choice. I knew that Charlie had been studying Romeo & Juliet in class, so it seemed like a no-brainer to invite the school along. It’s going to be a real treat for all of us and I fully expect the kids to be one of Open Bar’s toughest audiences this season!”

Grange School Year Five Teacher, Miss Morato, added: “We are delighted to have been invited to see Shakespeare’s play, Romeo & Juliet, brought to life and really grateful to Richard and the team for making this happen for the children free of charge. The children at Grange have worked hard throughout the year and to see a theatrical production, on a summer’s day, is the perfect reward for them and indeed, a perfect way to end the school year.”

Shakespeare in the Garden free performances for the community

Special Olympics GB at The Half Moon

A bespoke performance of Romeo & Juliet was also put on for Fuller’s charity partner Special Olympics Great Britain, where athletes and their family members enjoyed a private show at The Half Moon in Herne Hill on Wednesday 31 July.

Special Olympics GB CEO, Michelle Carney, said: "We are so grateful to Fuller’s and Open Bar for the special performance of Romeo & Juliet. Our athletes absolutely loved every minute of it and were totally engrossed in the whole performance, as was I. The actors engaged so brilliantly with our athletes and delivered a performance which was entertaining, emotional and hilarious. It was a fantastic experience and one which we will remember for a long time!"

Shakespeare in the Garden free performances for the community

OnSide at The Pilot

Open Bar performed The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Pilot in Greenwich to young people from Future Youth Zone in Barking & Dagenham. OnSide Youth Zones are designed to give young people aged 8–19 years old (25 for those with a disability) a safe place to go where they can partake in activities, learn new skills and socialise in their spare time. Fuller’s is a founding donor of OnSide’s Future Youth Zone in London.

The young people of Future Youth Zone were first to see the show, which was a dress rehearsal for the actors the day before opening night.

Shakespeare in the Garden free performances for the community

Get tickets to Shakespeare in the Garden

The Merry Wives of Windsor is being performed in Fuller’s pub beer gardens across the south of England until 14 September.

To get your tickets, visit: Shakespeare in the Garden’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.

To find out more, click here: Shakespeare in the Garden.

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