03 June 2015

Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy’ smiles on wildlife research in Suffolk

Nearly 400 years after his death, William Shakespeare is coming to the aid of the UK's leading wildlife research charity, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). The charity is to benefit from an open-air production of 'The Comedy of Errors' by the Castle Theatre Company at Glemham Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk on Sunday 5 July, with the proceeds going towards funding groundbreaking conservation science research.

First known to have been performed in 1594, 'The Comedy of Errors' is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies. Inspired by 'The Two Menaechmuses' by the Roman playwright Plautus, the play is a near-farce revolving around not one but two sets of identical twins. The company promises that their production, which will unfold in the spacious and magnificent gardens of Glemham Hall, will be "wonderfully atmospheric and utterly English".

This is the sixteenth year of Shakespeare at Glemham Hall from the Castle Theatre Company, following 2014's 'Twelfth Night'. The proceeds will be split between the GWCT and The Suffolk Community Foundation, which supports local charities and community groups throughout the county.

The garden at Glemham Hall will be open for picnics from 5.30pm, with the two-and-a-half hour performance (including interval) from 7pm. Tickets purchased in advance are priced at £20 per head for adults and £12 for under 20s (ideal for English Literature students), discounted to £18 and £10 respectively for groups of 10 or more.

For more information please call 01728 746704 or email events@glemhamhall.co.uk. To learn more about the GWCT please visit www.gwct.org.uk.

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Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line – at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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