Charity brings Shakespeare to Liverpool park

Published: 26 January 2020
Reporter: David Upton

The Reader is bringing Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour to Calderstones Park, Liverpool, this June, with a programme of four outdoor performances over three days.

The touring ensemble will offer audiences A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It and The Tempest. In keeping with tradition—and unpredictability—the choice will be put into the hands of the audience. The crowd will be asked to cheer, clap and shout to vote for the play they want to see.

The performances will be the first to take place in the Garden Theatre since the Calderstones Mansion House reopened in September, following a £5 million, three-year refurbishment.

Outdoor theatre in Calderstones Park has its origins in the Holidays at Home scheme during World War Two, when communities were invited to enjoy live entertainment on site. The arrival of Shakespeare’s Globe this summer (its first trip to Liverpool since 2016) brings the Garden Theatre back to its former glory.