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Maidstone: Changeling Theatre launches summer 2018 tour with Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

By Angela Cole

It's Shakespeare, so what can you do with it that's different, you may wonder.

For those who see the Changeling Theatre's productions every summer, they know to expect great direction, acting, interspersed with extra touches of humour and music.

But one of the great things, is that they know how to surprise you, too.

The cast of Measure for Measure
The cast of Measure for Measure

The start of their production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is not something audiences would have seen in William's day - but the creative genius that he was would definitely have approved.

I had written beforehand how the group's rookie, Jake Setters, was helping bring hip hop and dubstep to the show this year, and I didn't have to wait long, as the opening song, with its brilliantly costumed players, kicked off with some very up to the minute music.

Don't think the show won't please traditional Shakespeare fans, because it most certainly will, but it's great to see them mix it up a bit - not least when they playfully mess with the word Constable.

Their version of the bawdy comedy Measure for Measure, is inspired by the Moulin Rouge and burlesque and has some great, over the top characters and acting, which was very enjoyable.

Changeling Theatre 2018 tour at Boughton Monchelsea Place
Changeling Theatre 2018 tour at Boughton Monchelsea Place

Unlike last year's performance of Hamlet, it would be hard to pick out a performer because as always all the cast pull their weight so well, but if pushed, I would say Cameron Butterwick as Claudio, Robin Willingham as Lucio and I also enjoyed Marc Mackinnon as a baddie, Angelo, (but now I feel on everyone else).

It was the first time I had been to a matinee, and it seemed incredible that the cast would be performing a completely different play from a different era, Blithe Spirit, just a few hours late. Hats off to everyone involved for having the stamina to do that all summer!

And last but by no means least, possibly the star of the show was the amazing venue for opening weekend, Boughton Monchelsea Place, which has one of the best views in Kent, and is the perfect idyllic English setting.

The tour is heading to a range of venues across the county and beyond through to Sunday, August 19, including Margate seafront, Biddenden Vineyards, and Allington Castle, The Friars Aylesford and its final curtain call is back at Boughton Monchelsea Place. To book tickets visit changeling-theatre.com/tickets

The star of the show? Boughton Monchelsea Place and its view
The star of the show? Boughton Monchelsea Place and its view

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