Play telling fictional tale of ‘Shakespeare’s journey to Hinckley’ to be performed during St. George’s Day weekend festivities

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 17 March 2022

AN EXCITING play which tells the fictional tale of William Shakespeare journeying over to Hinckley is to be performed inside of the Argents Mead park to celebrate festivities on St. George’s Day weekend.

Shakespeare in Hinckley (Supplied: Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council)

It will be performed by the Red Red River Youth Theatre – and it has been funded by the Hinckley High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), which is an initative supported by Historic England that has been designed to promote, restore, and revitalise Hinckley’s high street area.

According to a Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council spokesperson, the play marks the first in a programme of artistic and cultural activities.

These activities will encourage the community to discover and celebrate the town’s history and rich heritage – including its people, businesses, and buildings.

The play will be approximately 30 minutes long in total and it will explore the imagined story of how William Shakespeare regains his ability to write plays, following the death of his son, Hamnet.

In the tale, Shakespeare travels over to Hinckley Fair – which was mentioned in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2 – to buy a new horse.

But, he finds himself robbed, before meeting a woman who inspires him and then spends a night sleeping rough on the nearby Bosworth Battlefield where he meets the ghost of a famous king.

The play can be seen inside of the Diamond Jubilee bandstand in Argents Mead in April on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, 22 April: 1pm and 3pm
  • Saturday, 23 April: 11.30am and 1.45pm
  • Monday, 25 April: 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm

Coun. Keith Nichols, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure, Tourism and Town Centres at the Borough Council, said: “At a time when our high street, independent shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants need our support more than ever, I am delighted that alongside our annual St George’s day events we are welcoming the Red River Youth Theatre to perform.

“They have written this short play specially for the event and as it is being performed over a number of days. I hope that families and visitors will come into the town centre and enjoy all that is on offer.

“Our thanks to the HSHAZ for funding the production and I look forward to this being the start of a cultural programme of events held locally.”

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