A CLASSIC comedy will be performed on the lawn at Mapperton House and Gardens on Tuesday, July 9.

Castle Theatre Company Presents William Shakespeare’s Love's Labour's Lost at this stunning venue near Beaminster.

King Ferdinand of Navarre and his friends vow celibacy for three years in order to devote themselves to scholarly pursuits.

They forswear women for this period in order to keep their minds solely focused on learning. Unfortunately for them, they have forgotten that the Princess of France and her ladies are scheduled to visit on diplomatic business - when they meet, romantic chaos ensues as their vows are tested.

For more than 30 years Castle Theatre Company has taken its annual summer Shakespeare tour around the South of England and the USA, performing classic comedies on the lawns of stately homes, gardens and abbeys. Renowned for its high standard, Castle Theatre Company promises an afternoon of light-hearted family entertainment.

Castle Theatre Company is one of the oldest and most prestigious student Theatre Companies in Durham. They aim to offer extensive performance opportunities to students across the University. Besides productions of classical and modern plays, they hold comedy nights, poetry evenings and workshops. Recent highlights include Dracula in Durham Castle’s Norman Chapel and Hamlet in Durham’s historic town hall.

*Love's Labour's Lost, Mapperton House and Gardens, near Beaminster, Tuesday, July 9. Call 01308 862645 for tickets.