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Need a night out? Lara Johnson has the ESP guide to the best shows around…

MACBETH Production Company The Pantaloons are touring the country with their completely free production of Macbeth. They’ll be returning to the National Trust’s Lyveden New Bield near Oundle complete with a drama workshop too. The small cast of five are sure to put a smile on even the glummest of faces, interacting with the audience, using contemporary references, puppets and live music, whilst keeping the traditional element of Shakespeare’s work. Last year audiences doubled in size and 2010 could be an even more popular year for The Pantaloons. They intend to make Shakespeare accessible to everyone. The workshop is for people of all ages, which will focus on Shakespeare and drama, it’ll be loads of fun and kids will love it! It’s on August 8 at Lyveden New Bield, Oundle. For more info, visit or call 07791 617101.

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS South Holland District Council have planned a family themed outside summer screening of the classic musical The Little Shop Of Horrors. Rick Moranis and Steve Martin star in the film which will be screened in the beautiful setting of Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding, plus there’ll be a hog roast, crepe stalls and the chance to use the Ayscoughfee café. Take along a chair or blanket, and sit down, relax and enjoy this entertaining summer show. Tickets are £3 per head, or £10 for a family ticket. It’s on August 6 and doors open at 6pm. For more info call 01775 764823 or email


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BATTLE PROMS AT BURGHLEY The concert of the summer – Battle Proms – returns to Burghley House in Stamford on July 10. There’ll be time to enjoy the traditional fairground stalls and visit the fascinating Napoleonic encampment whilst enjoying a picnic. There’ll be a Spitfire fly past, which will be accompanied in true Battle Proms style by the opening music programme. Expect Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire, along with the evening’s signature piece – Beethoven’s Battle Symphony, finishing with the firing of 193 cannons. This promises to be the ultimate party in the park packed full of breathtaking entertainment! Tickets are £30 pre-booked, or £35 on the day. For more info, call 01432 355416 or visit

ESP July 2010  

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