We’re not far from the glimmers of Autumn. As twilight is creeping in, what better way to spend the winter evenings than with calm and cosy company at Uplands House?
And as the nights draw nearer, the Roman season at the Royal Shakespeare company in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon is coming to its bloody conclusion. Coriolanus continues from now until the 18th of November. This rich, rewarding modern take on one of Shakespeare’s final tragedies has plenty to say about our the stark realities of our times. Demagogues, the power of rhetoric and the dangers of following the populist voice all rear their proud heads.
Or as Christmas comes ever closer, treat yourself to a brand new adaptation of Dickens’ ghostly redemption tale, A Christmas Carol, at the RSC. The play, no doubt best debated over a piping hot mug of mulled wine, tells the tale of surely the world’s surliest miser and his education at the hands of the three temporal ghosts.
There’s still time to meet the magnificent Dido, Queen of Carthage, and delight in one of the finer plays of Shakespeare’s contemporary (and some would say equal and influencer, Christopher (Kit) Marlowe. And if the rhetoric of Rome provides the relish to your diet of reason, we are lucky to have not one, but two exciting explorations of the realm of Cicero, greatest orator of his age. With Imperium Parts I & II, the RSC brings Robert Harris’ startling, ambitious Cicero trilogy to vivid, acerbic life.
Do join us at Uplands House – we’re looking forward to hosting you and maybe giving you dinner one night.
Coriolanus until 18 November –
Dido: Queen of Carthage 15 September to 28 October 2017
A Christmas Carol 27 November – 4 February 2018
Imperium: Part I Conspirator -16 November to 10 February 2018
Imperium: Part II Dictator – 23 November – 10 February 2018
To book, phone 01789 403493 or go online www.RSC.org.uk