The Cotswold Arcadians stage large-scale open air Shakespearean theatre productions each summer
Our 2017 production is Shakespeare's
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
25 – 29 July, 2017
Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a swashbuckling adventure story, complete with kings and queens, handsome princes and beautiful princesses, marauding pirates, wicked stepmothers, sleazy lowlife and mysterious wizards; it offers shipwreck, plague, kidnap, murder, hope and despair, love and loss. The fast-moving narrative whisks us around the Mediterranean Sea, to Tyre, Tarsus, Antioch, Ephesus, Mytilene and Pentapolis, exotic locations rich with romantic connotations. We visit ships, palaces, seashores, and a brothel. It is a tale such as old sailors traditionally tell, one that would not be out of place alongside those of Sinbad, Aladdin and Ali Baba in the Arabian Nights. Which is why we shall be setting it in the magical world of Middle Eastern storytelling, where the content hovers in that tantalising zone between reality and fantasy.
Pericles, Prince of Tyre is one of Shakespeare's four late 'romances', all of which span a whole generation, allowing him in each case to show us a complete cycle of life. The central characters of The Tempest, Cymbeline and The Winter's Tale all find happiness after many years of pain, providing us with Shakespeare's most memorable and moving final acts. Not to give the story away, Pericles has arguably the best ending of the lot!
Our director for 2017 will be Jonathan Vickers. He directed The Winter's Tale in 2008, Cymbeline, King of Britain in 2010, Measure for Measure in 2013 and Falstaff in 2014. He has also appeared on the Arcadians stage as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew in 2009, as Macbeth in 2011, as Buckingham in Richard III in 2015 and as Robin in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Before joining the Arcadians, he acted a number of times in outdoor Shakespeare for Chavenage Productions, for whom he directed As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing. In late summer 2016, he is playing Duke Senior in As You Like It for the Riverside Players at Rendcomb. He is also a member of the Cotswold Players, who perform at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud; there he has appeared in productions of plays by Tim Firth, Arthur Miller, Chekhov, Tennessee Williams and Shakespeare; and directed plays by de Filippo, Feydeau, Brecht, Ibsen and Sophocles.