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Carnival Pictures are now on the web site… and what an excellent Carnival it was. Never ceases to amaze me what the people of Burwell accomplish.

Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, Call for Props

MuchAdoabout a Bicycle Made for Two



Producers of an exciting upcoming open-air performance of Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, at Anglesey Abbey, are appealing to locals to help find a vital prop. The production, imaginatively set in a post-First World War, Downton Abbey style, are desperately seeking a period (pre-1940) tandem bicycle. The bicycle-made-for-two is an important prop in a key scene and a comedic highlight that the audience will love. The production is being staged by the award-winning Viva Theatre Company at the National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey, in Lode, Cambridgeshire from 12-14 July 2012.


Producer Sarah Dowd-Crosby says “if there is anyone out there that could lend us an old tandem in working order, we would be delighted. The bicycle is one of the last few period props we’re looking for along with a horned gramophone and a First World War soldier’s backpack. They will all add to the authenticity, complete the illusion and transport the audience back to 1919.”


Viva is one of just a few community theatre groups nationwide that has been chosen to take part in the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages programme of which Much Ado About Nothing is part.


If you can help with the tandem or other props contact the Viva office on 01353 722228.


Much Ado About Nothing will take place at Anglesey Abbey in Lode, Cambridgeshire from 12th, 13th and 14th July 2012.  Performances begin at 6:30pm and will finish at 9pm and tickets – £12 for adults and £8 for children (Thursdays only); £14 for adults, £10 for children or £46 for a family (maximum of three children) – are available on 0844 249 1895.