Time & Again for Shakespeare

Published: 10 June 2022
Reporter: David Upton

Bard at the double

Manchester-based theatre company Time & Again—which lost costumes, props, sets and equipment in a storage unit fire—rises from the ashes with two Shakespeare productions, touring venues across the North West this summer.

The company specialises in historical productions with a focus on strong women, and will be reprising last year’s '80s spin on A Midsummer Night’s Dream alongside a brand new Much Ado About Nothing with a '50s seaside setting.

They’ll be returning to Carrs Park in Wilmslow for their initial run, before a mini tour of locations including the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds, Blackpool's Stanley Park and, as part of Greater Manchester Fringe, Victoria Baths.

Featuring striking miners, feuding fairies, lovestruck yuppies and iconic '80s tunes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream sets the comedy against Thatcher’s Britain.

Much Ado takes audiences to the 1950s heyday of the Great British seaside and Messina Holiday Camp, where misunderstandings and mischief wreak havoc among the holidaymakers.

The Shakespeare In The Park season runs at Wilmslow June 16–19, before travelling to Stanley Park (June 25–26), Kirkstall Abbey (July 2–3), Victoria Baths (July 7), and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester (July 8).