We were delighted to co-ordinate a “Shakespeare 400” themed event at a fabulous private venue. The house – which had a Tudor wing, had extensive grounds, including a beautiful rose garden and lawns leading to a small lake.
The charity event had two hundred guests who had the opportunity to have pre-performance and dinner drinks in the gardens.
The client wanted to use the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death as the theme. Our aim was to make the subject entertaining and fun for guests without being too ‘high brow’. We created a programme of music and spoken word, that took the theme of the evening without missing the essential ingredient of ‘light entertainment’.
I enjoyed exploring the rose garden, which had some beautiful ivory roses; AND the first time I have ever seen a rose with a blue ‘hue’.
Whilst guests were exploring the grounds accompanied by a glass of champagne, they were serenaded by two Tudor style musicians. Of course live music was very popular in these times and it was a great way to set the scene of the theming.
Here are the two musicians performing on a little island on the lake.
Our Lutenist serenading a guest.
Part of the fun for guests was that they brought their own dinner AND there was a competition for the best dressed table. As you can see above, guests went to huge trouble to create beautiful themed table decorations.
The entertainment started with Shakespearian actors reciting memorable speeches. Throughout the performance, music was interspersed with readings.
Four international opera singers with their fabulous accompanist, performed a programme of Shakespeare inspired vocal music from opera and operetta. Of course this included some artistic license, but there were great sets from “Kiss Me Kate”, “West Side Story” – as well as opera favourites.
Here our operatic tenor serenades guests.
There was an interval of an hour, where guests were able to eat their picnics. Before the second half commenced, one of our Tudor musicians taught guests a simple Tudor dance.
The opera singers and pianist, with the host for the evening. We were so delighted to be performing in such a fabulous venue and raising money for a worthwhile cause.