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Join us on the 7th July 2018 for a raucous evening of comedy,
to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

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National and international touring theatre company Actors of Dionysus will be bringing Aristophanes’ Lysistrata to Spruce Wood in Kingston this Summer. This thrilling open-air production will take place in the beautiful outdoor theatre and in the grounds of this wonderfully landscaped garden.

We are very excited to bring a comedy to Spruce Wood this year! We toured with Lysistrata in 2010, 2011 and 2016, and it is a firm favourite of ours and with critics alike - “A slick, hilariously funny show, which rattles along at high speed on the strength of fine ensemble work from its cast of five...Timeless stuff.” The Stage

Praise for Actors of Dionysus at Spruce Wood:

10/10 - Top drawer. Clever, vibrant, original with nice touches of humour - gripping! (Antigone, 2017)

10/10 - Exquisite location. Perfect setting. Outstanding acting. (Bacchae, 2016)

Everything was perfect – even the weather!

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Featuring a talented ensemble of Actors who will learn the show in a week, this performance promises to be a spectacular and hilarious event, bringing classical Greek drama alive for a modern audience.

This is, as always, an exclusive and truly magical evening. Guests arrive on the red carpet at 7pm and are greeted with a glass of bubbly and canapés and an opportunity to explore the beautiful cultivated gardens and view the many sculptures at Spruce Wood. The performance of Lysistrata begins at 8pm and is followed by a re-filling of glasses and a charity auction which is brimming with exciting items. There follows an exquisite buffet in the Tudor Sunken Garden. An opportunity to sample an array of even more delicious and highly exclusive wines by the glass will be offered.

This is a delightful, high end, one off event where the wine flows freely and the drama plays out in front of your eyes in a truly seductive setting. Don't miss it!

Tickets cost £150 and there are only a few remaining tickets, so please email megan@actorsofdionysus.com if you would like to join us for this very special occasion.

All proceeds from the event will go toward the education work and public engagement programme of the Charity Actors of Dionysus.

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Please join us for a magical evening of theatre, wine and fine dining on July 8th.

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Antigone invite Spruce Wood

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aod gave guests at Spruce Wood an 'incredible evening' of wine and 'wonderful performance' on Sat 16th July.
Other feedback includes:

'I found the performance both exciting and intellectually challenging...the athleticism made my jaw drop'.

'An excellent production of #Bacchae by @aodtheatre at the weekend with a great cast!'

'Fab performance last night of Bacchae at Spruce Wood'

Next stop Osterley Park

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AOD INVITE 

National touring theatre company, Actors of Dionysus, will be bringing Euripides’ Bacchae to Spruce Wood in Kingston this Summer. This thrilling open-air production will take place in the beautiful outdoor theatre and in the grounds of this wonderfully landscaped garden.

Euripides’ masterpiece of rejection and revenge pits the uptight King Pentheus against the powerful demi-God Dionysus on his return to his homeland Thebes. When the newly crowned Pentheus forbids any worship of this new God, Dionysus unleashes the savage anger of his women, the Bacchae, and the battle begins.  This is a powerful exploration of the seductive nature of cult and the ability of power to corrupt. See who wins in this ultimate power struggle.

Featuring a talented ensemble, and elements of aerial and physical theatre, this performance promises to be a spectacular event bringing classical Greek drama alive for a modern audience. 

Bacchae cast list:

  • Agave/Chorus – Danielle Bond
  • Chorus – Lizzie Buckingham
  • Teiresias/Chorus – Janna Fox
  • Pentheus – Colin Kiyani
  • Cadmus – Patrick Knox
  • Dionysus – Tamsin Shasha

Tamsin Shasha performs the part of Dionysus and co-directs with David Stuttard, using his original adaptation. This production follows on from aod’s recent success with their new play Helen (a contemporary piece based on the myth of Helen of Troy) at Brighton Fringe, which was described as “an inspired piece of theatre, meticulously presented” (Brighton Argus), and “astonishing and unforgettable” (Fringe Review). 

This is an exclusive and magical evening.  Guests arrive on the red carpet at 7pm and are greeted with a glass of bubbly and canapés and an opportunity to explore the beautiful cultivated gardens and view the many sculptures at Spruce Wood.

Our performance of The Bacchae begins at 8pm and is followed by a re-filling of glasses and a charity auction led by John "Fingers" Fingleton.

There follows an exquisite buffet in the Tudor Sunken Garden catered by Bobsiloula with wines provided by Nekter Wines.  An opportunity to sample an array of even more delicious and highly exclusive wines by the glass will be offered.

This is a delightful high end, one off event where the wine flows freely and the drama plays out in front of your very eyes in a truly seductive and magical setting. Don't miss it!!  

Tickets costs £150 and there are only a few remaining tickets so please email info@actorsofdionysus.com if you would like to join us for this very special occasion.

All proceeds go toward the education work and public engagement work of the charity Actors of Dionysus.

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