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Fabulous five star reception for The Tempest at Stafford Castle

Following a storming opening weekend, Stafford Festival Shakespeare producers are celebrating the incredible critical reception of this year’s production of The Tempest at Stafford Castle.

With three prominent publications awarding the show a five star review, the cast and crew had a well-deserved break from the busy performance schedule on Monday. The final performance will take place on Saturday 8th July.

Here’s what critics had to say:

★★★★★ “A triumph” - Birmingham Mail

★★★★★ “Outstanding, magical production” - The Stage

★★★★★ “It gives the RSC’s production a run for its money, that’s for sure!” - Break A Leg

★★★★ “Stafford Shakespeare Festival has taken a centuries’ old production, given it a contemporary twist, and brought it to life for a whole new audience” - Staffordshire Living

“Spellbinding open-air spectacle” - Stoke Sentinel

“Something for everyone” - Staffordshire Newsletter

“Prenton’s insightful direction and Frances Collier’s delightfully atmospheric set ensure it takes audiences on a memorable journey” - British Theatre Guide

The Tempest has also received a ‘Best Regional Stage Production’ nomination for the Break A Leg Awards 2017, with Stephen Beckett (Prospero), James Lawrence (Sebastian), Richard Gibson (Gonzalo), and Zephryn Taitte (Caliban) nominated for ‘Best Actor on Stage’, and Katrina Kleve (Francesca) and Grace Carter (Miranda) cited for ‘Best Actress on Stage’.

“We are absolutely delighted with the overwhelmingly positive feedback for The Tempest, from press and audiences alike” commented Producer Derrick Gask.

“On behalf of everyone involved in this year’s production, I would like to say a big thank you to those who supported the show during its fantastic opening weekend. Indeed, tickets are selling fast and I would urge anyone who is planning on coming to see the show at Stafford Castle to book soon in order to avoid disappointment” concluded Gask.

The Tempest will run until Saturday 8th July 2017 at Stafford Castle. Full ticket information and this year’s catering options can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com

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