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Midsummer’s Treat In Ballykeefe

Now that the dust has settle on our In The Future When All’s Well residency in Kilkenny Arts Office, we can start putting our feet up and enjoying the theatrical treats in Kilkenny at the moment. Last week we went to see Watergate Productions run of Brian Friel’s Lovers, we’ve got plenty of treats coming up at the Abhainn Rí Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival but this week we’re looking to a unique event happening out in the hugely impressive Ballykeefe Amphitheatre.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular and widely performed works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Kilmanagh, on Thursday, July 14, as part of the extensive, family-focused 11th Summer Events programme.

A stunning canopy has now been erected at the amphitheatre, ensuring that music and theatre-lovers can enjoy entertainment at the popular, outdoor site – whatever the Irish summer weather.

Rain has played havoc with the Ballykeeffe schedule over the years, festival spokesman, Matt O’Sullivan, said. “The new canopy has been erected and this will make this exciting venue even more enjoyable- whatever the weather. Last summer, many eager followers of the Amphitheatre came in the pouring rain to see the Chapterhouse Theatre Company present Shakespeare’s renowned romantic comedy. However, the show had to be postponed because of the rain. The canopy means the show will always go on now, irrespective of the elements.”

While the weather is guaranteeing nothing, at least the show will go in and it promises to be a great one. It’s certainly going to be one of the most unique theatre events in Kilkenny over the summer so grab your picnic and head on out to Ballykeefe.

Admission is €12 for adults, children €9 and families (2 adults & 2 children) €38. Grounds open for picnics from 6 pm and tickets are on sale from Kilkenny Book Centre, High St, Kilkenny; O’Connor’s Shop, Kilmanagh and at the venue on the night.

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