Outdoor Shakespeare from student group

Director%20Harry%20Kingscott%20and%20Producer%20Katherine%20Newbury%20at%20Tutbury%20Castle%202013%20The%20New%20Kings%20Players-2The New Kings Players are staging an outdoor week of drama and daftness with Shakespeare’s funniest and best loved play, Much Ado About Nothing this month.

There will be revenge, passion, mistaken identity…and maybe even a wedding as they take you all back to sunny Georgian Italy for a memorable afternoon of family fun at  the stunning venues in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

The show will premiere at Cromford Mill, in Matlock, on Bank Holiday Monday August 25. Then on Wednesday 27th they will be appearing in the gorgeous gardens at Hopton Hall near Carsington Water, followed by the stately castle ruins at Tutbury Castle on Thursday 28th and the lovely Melbourne Hall Gardens on Friday 29th. The final performances will take place at Kedleston Hall in the gardens on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.

The New Kings Players Theatre Company is a drama group, set up in June 2011 by students Katherine Newbury and Harry Kingscott, ex-members of Derby LIVE Youth Theatre and The Ecclesbourne School where they met aged 11. (They are pictured above at Tutbury Castle)

When they both finished school they wanted to get young people involved in drama and create an understanding and joy of Shakespeare’s work and give them free opportunities to perform.

Now, four years and four productions later the company is still going strong.

Producer Katherine and director Harry are delighted with the fantastic array of venues for this year’s show, such a contrast to their humble beginnings of As You Like It, for one day only, outside Katherine’s house in Darley Park in 2011.

The aim was to create a group that is run by students, for students and focuses on free, family friendly, fun productions.

They are unique as they keep the experience as low cost as possible for everyone; so there is no fee to join the group, all performances are free and all costumes and props are made from scratch or are borrowed from professional companies. This year’s production has been funded by the donations to last year’s show.

They are proud to have nurtured budding Derbyshire talent with past and present cast members coming from schools across Derbyshire and who are now currently training at such prestigious conservatoires as RADA, Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford, East 15, Redroofs Theatre School and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Harry recently graduated with a BA (hons) in Drama from the University of Exeter and Katherine is in her final year of Costume with Performance Design at The Arts University Bournemouth.

Where else can you find a fun drama company, that’s totally free but also puts on high-standard productions? Take your friends, family and everyone else along with a picnic, a mat and chairs. Performances will begin at 2:30pm. All you’ll need is something to sit on.

Although the event itself is free, venue entrance charge may apply.  Limited parking at Melbourne Hall. Picnic lunch available at Cromford Mill for small charge. Donations to New Kings Players welcome!