What a wonderful setting for a play, sitting outside in the grounds of Conwy Castle on a summer evening with the seagulls for company. The play is timely, bubbling with repartee and gossip, reminiscent of the ebb and flow of social media. It is the first time I have seen The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform. The original company was the group of players for whom Shakespeare wrote. The recreated company performs Shakespeare’s plays as he intended: all-male, in full Elizabethan costume and in the open air. It takes me a little time to get used to the authentic all- male cast. I find the actor playing Beatrice to be a little camp but, overall, it worked. The staging was simple and elegant and the company, who all play several parts, talented. Thank you to the Friends for facilitating the visit!
Liz Loxley, photo Sue Buckley