THE Walled Garden at Down Grange will once again provide the picturesque backdrop for a performance of some of Shakespeare’s much-loved work.

The Proteans, the adult drama group linked to the Proteus Creation Space, will present The Tempest for one weekend only, June 23-25, as part of the 2023 Basingstoke Festival.

The Tempest tells the tale of a luxury yacht carrying Italian Aristocracy, A-Listers and social media influencers returning from a wedding, which sinks off the coast of a remote island. The inhabitants of this island are a magician, his daughter, a shape-shifting spirit serving Bowie vibes and a member of a drowned airline cabin crew with amnesia who everyone calls Caliban. 

READ MORE: Anvil Arts’ 2023-24 International Concert Series goes on sale

The Proteans are Proteus’ adult theatre workshop group and, after a sell-out three nights of their last show Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! last November, they return for a summer weekend in the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Garden.

The last time the Proteans performed in this idyllic setting was back in 2021 with their production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

They say they are delighted to be back in this unique location as the summer performances have become something of a tradition for Basingstoke theatre-goers. 

Director Mary Swan said "We're delighted to be back in the beautiful Walled Garden as part of the 2023 Basingstoke Festival with The Tempest. Those that know The Proteans, our adult workshop company, know that our interpretations of Shakespeare are always full of fun, humour and added songs! This year our Tempest includes an Ariel that thinks they're David Bowie and an interpretation of Caliban that we guarantee you'll have never seen before. Come and join us with a picnic, suncream and an umbrella just in case.”

SEE ALSO: New veterinary practice specialising in ligament surgery opens near Basingstoke

Audiences can expect plenty of the Proteans’ trademark wit and irreverent fun, surprising contemporary twists hidden amongst the classic text and music - and of course, enjoy the perfect setting for a summer evening with friends. 

As in previous years, ticket holders are welcome to arrive up to one hour before the performance begins, and are encouraged to pack a picnic, bring a blanket or chair, switch off that phone and soak up the atmosphere whilst experiencing the delight of some outdoor theatre.

Performances will take place on Friday, June 23 at 7pm, Saturday, June 24 at 2pm and 6pm, Sunday, June 25 at 5pm.

Tickets are priced at £11, £9 concession and are available to buy at the gate on the day (up to one hour before the performance starts).