Diary Date: Thursday 10 – Saturday 12 April
Another marvellous production from the Amateur Players of Sherborne is not to be missed! This year they present William Shakespeare’s The MerryWives of Windsor as Sherborne’s contribution to The Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Open Stages 2013-2016’ project. It will be staged in modern dress and ‘in the round’.
Sir John Falstaff is one of Shakespeare’s well-loved characters. He and his hangers-on, Bardolph, Pistol and Nym, have been indulging in rowdy behaviour in Windsor and, being down on his luck and money, he conceives a plan to swindle the two wives of wealthy Windsor citizens. Unfortunately for him they are friends and they turn the tables on him with mischief of their own.
This is one of Shakespeare’s most original plots and is a domestic comedy redolent of our time, involving jealous husbands, funny foreigners, comic characters and the unusual and creative use of a laundry basket!
One of the aims of this exciting production is to make it a community-based project and to this end students from the Gryphon School in Sherborne are taking part, as well as young people from the RendezVous, the local charity which supports young people in the town. Tickets are available from MARSHES in Cheap Street.
This art exhibition is sub-titled “Hidden Treasures from Sherborne Collections” and is an amazing collection of paintings and drawings all belonging to people living in Sherborne or nearby who have very generously loaned these artworks to the Oliver Holt Gallery for the exhibition. You may not be aware of the Oliver Holt Gallery which is part of Sherborne School and the school has kindly allowed its use to support the Friends of Sherborne House who will benefit from the proceeds. Entry is free but a raffle will be held during the course of the exhibition.
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Sherborne – the perfect small English market town
Looking along Long Street
Sherborne is a delightful, small historic town in the north-west of Dorset. It has a total population of about 10,000, having doubled its population during the last 40 years. It lies on the northern slopes of the beautiful Yeo Valley surrounded by wooded hillsides and green pastures. Dominated by its golden-coloured abbey, the town has a number of buildings of architectural note including the 17th century castle and 18th century school. Within the town the narrow streets are lined with old grey stone buildings interspersed with early timber-framed, gabled-ended houses and local Ham stone structures.
This bustling little town and the surrounding area offers visitors some attractive sights, a pleasing variety of shops and a choice mix of coffee shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. On the surface, Sherborne might appear a quiet town but there is more going on than might be imagined: indeed, the town has innumerable societies and clubs pursuing many interests. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of entertainments from the local amateur dramatic productions to school jazz concerts and classical repertoires, from quiz nights, sporting events and arts lectures, to wine tastings and open gardens. There is definitely something for everyone; you can be as busy or as quiet as you want to be.