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To be or not to be at Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle is hosting a William Shakespeare themed, murder mystery night in May.

The show, titled ‘To Be Or Not To Be’, is being performed on Saturday 14 May at 7.30pm.

The performance, produced by After Dark Murder Mystery Events, based in Morecambe, is run by the award-winning Little Gargoyle Ltd.

The production gives a modern and unusual twist to Shakespeare’s sublime story of the cold-blooded murder, calculated revenge, treachery, spies and madness that featured in his play, ‘Hamlet’. This was Shakespeare’s most popular play in his day and has continued to have a wide audience appeal on stage ever since.

This production at the castle forms part of the events across the country marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Colin Penny, Lancashire County Council’s museum manager at the castle, said: “Even the Bard himself couldn’t have imagined a more incredible location for this performance, set against the wonderful historic backdrop of Lancaster Castle.

“This local production company have been nominated for many awards, gaining a reputation for terrific theatre. Tickets for their productions usually sell out very quickly and they have been performing around the world since 2004.

“This performance is a real treat for both Shakespeare and murder mystery event lovers and will be great entertainment and fun for everyone.”

Tickets for the performances cost £22.50, which includes a hotpot supper.

Numbers are limited for this popular event so booking is essential. Tickets are now on sale.

For booking information or opening times, call 01524 64998 or visit the castle shop between 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Entry to the event will be through the Shire Hall complex at the rear of the Castle. Doors will open at 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start.

More information about other Lancashire County Council museums is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

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