Ashfield U3A Enjoying Shakespeare


TELEPHONE NUMBER(S): 01623-456389


VENUE: Ashwood Centre activity room plus outings

MEETING DATE & TIME: Third Thursday of the month from 14:00 - 16:00

COST OF VENUE, MATERIALS ETC.: Room rent only at present




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The aim is for the group to see live performances, films or theatre relays of Shakespeare’s plays, beginning with Taming of the Shrew at Stamford Shakespeare Theatre. At the regular meetings, we will explore the plays we are seeing, so as to understand and enjoy them as fully as possible.

Since there is ample space at the Centre, we do not have a limit to the number of people we can accommodate. The accent will be on enjoyment, and whether you are an experienced bard-buff, an interested beginner or somewhere in between, you will be welcome.

We keep aware of other performances including streamed live broadcasts to cinemas. Our informal library of over 50 DVDs of plays and documentaries is enjoyed by members.

Ann Walter is the presenter and can be reached on 07864 291123 or email:

Thursday 21 February - Romeo and Juliet Theatre Royal
Thursday 21 March 14:00 - 16:00 As You Like It Ashwood Centre Activity Room
Thursday 18 April 14:00 - 16:00 Henry IV, part 1 Ashwood Centre Activity Room
Thursday 16 May 14:00 - 16:00 Comedy of Errors – RSC musical Ashwood Centre Activity Room
Thursday 20 June 14:00 - 16:00 Julius Caesar preview Ashwood Centre Activity Room
Saturday 22 June - Performance: Julius Caesar Stamford Shakespeare Theatre
Thursday 18 July 14:00 - 16:00 Twelfth Night preview Ashwood Centre Activity Room
Saturday 3 August - Performance: Twelfth Night Stamford Shakespeare Theatre
Thursday 15 August 14:00 - 16:00 Othello part 1 Ashwood Centre Activity Room
Thursday 19 September 14:00 - 16:00 Othello part 2 Ashwood Centre Activity Room

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London: On May 6th we had a wonderful trip to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to see an afternoon performance of The Merchant of Venice. The building has been re-created as an exact replica of the original theatre that William himself acted in, and it has a magical atmosphere.

Here you can be a groundling, if you like, standing in the large space directly in front of the thrust stage and having eye-contact with the actors. The 15 U3A members making up the party, however, opted for seats under cover and to one side of the stage.

It was a superb production, with a top professional cast, including Jonathan Pryce as Shylock. For most of us, it was the first performance we'd seen at the Globe, but we plan to ensure that it won't be the last.

Ron Walker

Lucky Thirteen: The rejuvenated group’s first outing took place on Saturday, 19th July, 2014 when thirteen members saw Taming of the Shrew at Stamford Shakespeare Theatre.

Having started and finished the day in rain, we were fortunate to enjoy very warm and sunny weather for our pre-show picnic in the stunning surroundings of Tolethorpe Hall. The afternoon performance by the semi-professional company was a delight, set in 1950s Italy, complete with Vespa scooters and contemporary songs such as ‘Volari’.

Altogether an encouraging event in the progress of the group.

Ron Walker

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