Workhouse to host comedy Shakespeare

Shakespeare is coming to Ripon’s Workhouse Museum Gardens this summer.

By Janet Harrison
Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 2:34 pm

Theatre company The Three Inch Fools takes to the road with five actors, all manner of musical instruments and an inventive take on Shakespeare’s raucous comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, which will arrive at the city attraction on Friday June 25.

A spokesman said: “Three Inch Fools are an innovative touring theatre company acclaimed for their fast-paced and musically driven approach to Shakespeare.

“They have built a reputation for staging bold and vibrant productions, using all sorts of different instruments, plenty of multi-roling and many a quick costume change along the way.

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“For each production, they create a completely original musical soundtrack collaborating with rising star composer Stephen Hyde.”

This year The Fools are looking forward to a summer on the road travelling the length and breadth of the UK with their modern take on the traditional touring troupe.

The company is in their seventh year of touring, having so far performed at over 150 venues and to almost 60,000 audience members.

They will perform in the Workhouse Museum Garden on Friday 25 June at 7pm, with doors from 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £16 for adults, £10 for under 18s, free for under 6s or a family ticket (two adults and two children) is £45. There will be a bar available at the event.

People are advised to take their own blankets, cushions and camping chairs, and join us on our outdoor adventure.

“Come prepared for the weather - the performance will continue come rain come shine,” added the spokesman.

Visit for bookings or telephone 01765 690799.

Ripon Museums have COVID-19 safety measures in place and have been awarded the Visit Britain We’re Good to Go industry standard.

Regular opening hours are: The Workhouse Museum & Garden is open six days a week (closed Mondays) 11am-4pm; The Prison & Police Museum is open six days a week (closed Mondays) 1-4pm. The Courthouse Museum is open six days a week (closed Mondays) 1-4pm. The museums will be open Monday May 31.