Bringing legends to life

ANCIENT British legends have taken to the road this summer as Cambridge Touring Theatre brings its lively and hilarious outdoor production of The Sword in the Stone to 44 of the most picturesque and historic homes and gardens in the country.

They are appearing at Tattershall Castle tomorrow (Thursday) at 6pm and then in the north of the county at Alford Manor on Friday at 5pm.

The production is based on the age-old stories of King Arthur and his wise teacher Merlin (as told by T H White and Walt Disney). This brand new version includes songs, dances and interactive fun.

The story begins as Merlin searches for a new pupil. He chooses a local boy named Wart and they set off for the tournament in London.

On the way, Wart learns important lessons about how to be just and wise. When they arrive, the biggest competition at the tournament is the Sword in the Stone pulling contest....but who will win and become ruler of England?

For children who want to get even more involved, the company offers 45 minute drama workshops before most performances. Here children aged 5-10 can explore the story of The Sword in the Stone, take part in their own knightly adventures and meet some of the characters from the play.

Cambridge Touring Theatre has been touring professionally all over Britain since 2000. Every performance features six actors, a musician and a colourful stage which turns magically into medieval caravans, carts and courts.

The group is headed up by Rosie Humphreys, who moved to Cambridge after working for the English National Opera in London.

She has a passionate commitment to introducing theatre to families.

“My own love of the theatre began seeing outdoor touring companies playing classic stories in beautiful settings,” she said. “Add a picnic and a rug and there’s no better way to spend a summer day.”

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