Theatre Set-Up closure halted by Festival Players takeover

Natalie Woolman

Theatre Set-Up, an outdoor Shakespeare touring company that was due to close, has been taken over by the Gloucestershire-based Festival Players.

The Stage reported last July that Theatre Set-Up had embarked on its final summer tour after 35 years. At that time, a spokesman for the company said the decision was “age-related”. The Festival Players also tours outdoor Shakespeare productions.

Michael Dyer, the Festival Players’ artistic director, said: “The Festival Players is both proud and delighted to have the chance to build on the reputation of Theatre Set-Up. Our combined forces mean we are now able to bring audiences more than 60 years experience of professional touring theatre.”

Dyer’s company will feature some of the actors from Theatre Set-Up and the Festival Players has also acquired some of the other company’s costumes and props.

The Festival Players is to tour an all-male production of Richard III as well as Twelfth Night this summer. Richard III will be performed at Bosworth Battlefield, the site where the king died and lost the English crown to Henry Tudor. The tours of both productions run from early June until late August.

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