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Midsummer Night's Dream at Fulham Palace

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Popular touring theatre company Illyria return to Fulham Palace on August 9 to present Shakespeare's timeless comic masterpiece, Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In Illyria's own words, Midsummer Night's Dream is an effortlessly magical and gloriously silly comedy.  One young couple are hopelessly in love, another are in denial, a royal couple eagerly anticipating their wedding can't wait to get their hands on each other - and the fairy King and Queen hate each other.  Deep in the forest Puck makes a careless mistake and absolute uproar ensues.  Amidst the mayhem a group of earnest but talentless workmen start rehearsing a play about a tragically doomed love affair...Will the lovers sort out their confusions? Will harmony be restored?

Shakespeare’s timeless comic masterpiece explores every colour in the spectrum of love. Performed with a magical twist, Illyria’s production of this perennial Shakespeare favourite is passionate, poetic and very very funny. The play is suitable for all ages from eight upwards.

The evening will begin at 7pm and tickets cost £10 per person, children under 5 £5. With the help of the Lyric Theatre, Fulham Palace now has an extended hours dedicated ticket line which can be contacted on 0871 22 117 28. For online booking, go to Lyric Theatre bookings.

Alternatively you can purchase tickets in person at the Palace reception or the Lyric Theatre Box Office in Hammersmith. Although the Lyric can provide general information, contact the Palace directly on 020 7736 3233 to discuss any specific queries. 

Fulham Palace warns visitors that for all outdoor theatre performances, seating is not provided, so please bring your own low back chair/rug and clothing suitable for the weather.

Other summer events at Fulham Palace continue throughout August, including exhibitions and guided tours.


Edwardian Extravaganza: The 1909 Fulham Palace Pageant

Open until Sunday September 20
Quite a show in 1909, this pageant had 10,000 participants.  See how they celebrated, includes costumes of the day.

Catrin Morgan and Rachel Pedder-Smith, open until September 6

This exhibition brings the history of florilegia into the context of the art gallery, presenting two sets of contemporary botanical paintings and texts.

Drawing on the Wind at Fulham Palace 

Year long free sculpture exhibition by the world-renowned sculptor Peter Logan, whose
imaginative work includes kinetic sculptures which bring new life to tree stumps which were victims of the hurricane that hit the Palace grounds some years ago.

Guided tours of Fulham Palace

From May to September tours take place every Sunday and every third Tuesday of the month.  Meet in the Tudor Courtyard at 2pm.
£5 per person, no booking necessary (museum associates and children free)

Garden Walks

Learn about the history of the gardens and the unusual assortment of plant life they are home to. Regular tours take place twice per month on Sundays and Tuesdays
£5 per person, no booking necessary (museum associates and children free)

Royal Tours
The Palace has an illustrious history, numerous kings and queens have visited over the centuries.  Learn about their visits and the Museum objects that have royal connections on Sunday August 16 or Monday August 24,  meet in the Tudor Courtyard at 2pm.

£5 per person, no booking necessary.

To pre book any of these events, call Fulham Palace on  020 7736 3233, option 6.

Fulham Palace Museum and Gallery are open on the following days:

Saturday 11am to 2pm
Sunday 11.30am to 3.30pm
Monday 12noon to 4pm
Tuesday 12noon to 4pm

The Drawing Room Cafe, offering a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, pastries and savoury dishes is open daily from 10am - 4pm. The gardens are also open daily from dawn to dusk.

July 26, 2009