First open air production at Lauderdale House

Although the weather continues to be somewhat unsettled, don't let that stop you getting outdoors to see some exciting theatre.


Lauderdale House, one of London's historic country houses will present a new outdoor production of Shakespeare's classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing from Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th August 2009, marking a debut in over 400 years of a theatrical event of such taking place at the building.

This new production, produced by Veni Vidi Theatre Company in association with Lauderdale House will take place on the ‘tea lawn' overlooking Highgate's stunning Waterlow Park, offering a unique chance to catch this scenic feature in a new light this summer.

The production takes inspiration from the glamour of the ‘roaring twenties'

Directed and designed by Natalie Anne-Downs, the production takes inspiration from the glamour of the ‘roaring twenties'; a throwback to the era of affluence and frivolity, aiming to transport audiences to the post-war heyday of renaissance, jazz and bright young things.

muchado1Produced by Veni Vidi Theatre Company, costume design is by Vasiliki Sirma with lighting design by Anna Sbokou. Cast includes: Naomi Martin, Mackenzie Scott, Natasha James, Dylan Turner, Charlie Dupre, Benjamin Fisher, Jane Bowhay, Seamus Newham, Tim Pont, Richard Ings and James Maclaren.

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's wittiest of comedies, brims with wit, plot twists and heady romance, as family and friends contrive to bring together the illustrious duelling couple, Benedick and Beatrice. This new production by Veni Vidi, promises to offer an entertaining new event at Lauderdale House but also an intimate and engaging experience for all the family.

An impressive and beautiful environment in which visitors can enjoy a range of arts events

Built in 1582, Lauderdale House is without a doubt one of the most impressive pieces of architecture of its age in this region. Inherited in 1645 by the Earl of Lauderdale and previously owned by merchant, Sir William Bond, grandfather to Thomas Bond of Bond Street, it was visited by Charles II and Samuel Pepys in 1666 and later donated ‘for the enjoyment of Londoners' by famous painter Sir Sydney Waterlow in 1882.

Open now as an arts centre, it offers an impressive and beautiful environment in which visitors can enjoy a range of arts events, from painting and art exhibitions to theatrical events, dance and music.

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