In the beautiful grounds of
Townhill Park House
The Gregg School, Cutbush Lane, Southampton SO18 3RR
20 - 24 July 2021

Performances at 7:30pm nightly plus a matinée at 2:30pm Saturday 24th

Telephone bookings 0333 666 3366 (booking fee applies to phone bookings)

This is an OPEN AIR production

Our FOH colleagues will be ensuring that Government guidelines and regulations applicable at the time of performance are followed for everyone's safety and enjoyment of the production.  These guidelines could include the wearing of facemasks and social distancing – please check and observe the latest Government guidelines.  Thank you.
Should we have to cancel a show due to a change in Government regulations we will refund your ticket price.

‘Amore! Love’s a funny thing!’

Meddlesome friends and scheming nasties intervene in a story of love and loathing in 1930’s Italy.

Shakespeare’s timeless romantic comedy.  Claudio and Hero fall head over heels in love, almost before they have spoken half a dozen words between them.  Beatrice and Benedick hate each other of old.  Left to themselves they would probably do unspeakable things to each other.

So… wouldn’t it be satisfying if we planted ugly rumours about Hero, to ruin the wedding to Claudio?  And wouldn’t it be hilarious if we tricked Beatrice and Benedick into believing that each actually loved the other?

But don’t worry!
Thanks to Constable Dogberry and his rustic Neighbourhood Watch team the baddies are put to flight and everything ends happily ever after.

Director & Cast

The Director of this production is Brian Stansbridge

Messenger is played by Lee Taylor

Leonato is played by Philip De Grouchy

Don Pedro is played by Adam Taussik

Claudio is played by Calum Daly

Benedick is played by Sam Hussey

Hero is played by Katherine Evans

Beatrice is played by Anna Hussey

Don John is played by Alec Sleigh

Borachio is played by Jez Minns

Conrade is played by David Jobson

Antonio is played by Paul Baker

Margaret is played by Jenni Watson

Ursula is played by Jo Fox

Balthasar is played by Chris Williams

Dogberry is played by Marie McDade

Verges is played by Jo Iacovou

The Watch is played by Sue Dashper

The Watch is played by Angela Stansbridge

The Watch is played by Jill Desborough

Fr. Fancis is played by Michele Zadra

Sexton/Lord/Messenger is played by Jill Desborough

Creative Team

Production Manager
Chris Baker
Stage Manager
Robert Osborne
Deputy Stage Manager
Kathryn Salmon
Assistant Stage Manager
Set Design
John Hamon
Set Construction
John Hamon, Graham Buchanan & Ken Hann
Set Dressing
Lighting Designer
Clive Weeks
Lighting Operator
Sound Designer
Jamie McCarthy
Sound Operator
Costume Designer
Serena Brown
Costume Supervisor
Susan Wilson
Adam Taussik
Electrical Infrastructure Design
Clive Weeks
Electrical Engineering Overseer
Jamie McCarthy
FOH Manager
Meri Mackney
Car Park Manager
Stage Crew
Rehearsal Prompt

Ticket Information

EARLY BIRD OFFER - buy before 31st May and get £2 off Adult fixed night ticket!

Fixed night: £14* until May 31st, then £16;
Flexible night in advance: £18;
On the gate: £18 (Cash & cheques only)

(Not recommended for under 5s)
5 to 16yrs: £13 (all options)

(16+ in full time education - ID required)
£14 (all options)

10% off fixed night tickets for groups of 10 or more (not applicable for Early Bird Offer)


Patrons are welcome to picnic in the beautiful grounds of TownHill Park House (The Gregg School) from 6.00pm (1.00pm on Saturday 24 July for the Matinée).

Note – the Gertrude Jekyll garden also will be open for viewing but no picnics are allowed in that area.

You are advised to bring low-back chairs, rugs, etc., as NO SEATING IS PROVIDED.

We suggest you also bring jumpers or coats, as it can get cold even on the warmest of evenings.  Please also come prepared for our English weather, we have been known to have the occasional shower.  Usually, we continue to perform unless the weather is extremely bad.  Any decision to postpone a show or cancel a performance will not be made sooner than 30 mins prior to the published start time.  Should we have the misfortune to have to cancel a whole show then no refunds will be given but tickets for alternative performances will be offered.

The Gregg School is a private school, and the grounds are not generally open to the public.  There is no public access prior to the performance dates.  Dates of occasional open days to view the gardens at other times can be found on the Gregg School website.

Ample free parking and toilet facilities will be provided with provision for disabled patrons.   There is a short walk of approx. 100 metres to the performance area.

Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available to buy.  There will be no alcohol for sale, but you are welcome to bring your own.

No unaccompanied children under 16.   No dogs (except guide dogs).

Poster, Flyer & Programme

Available after the performance

For the Maskers

Technical Manager:- Jamie McCarthy;   Lighting Consultant:- Clive Weeks;   Sound Consultant:- Jamie McCarthy;   Marketing Director:- Angela Stansbridge;   Marketing Team:-  Peter Court, Anna Hussey, Clive Weeks, Robert Osborne, Meri Mackney, Paul Baker;   Front of House Manager:- Chris Baker;   Box Office Manager:- Chris Baker;   Company Photographer:- Clive Weeks;   Bar Manager:- Meri Mackney

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Maskers Theatre Company
Off Emsworth Road
SO15 3LX

Registered Charity 900067

Established 1968

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