Bard in the Botanics, Glasgow’s beloved outdoor theatre, is gearing up for its 18th birthday season. Performed amongst the beauty of Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens and in the Kibble Palace from 26 June – 3 August 2019, this year sees the group present a “Muse of Fire” programme, showcasing four of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters: Hamlet, Henry V, Richard III and Rosalind.
The season opens on 28 June (previews on 26 and 27 June) with outdoor performances of As You Like It, directed by Gordon Barr, and a six-hander version of Henry V (preview on 27 June), directed by Jennifer Dick, in the Kibble Palace. Stephanie McGregor, whose previous roles with Bard in the Botanics have included Feste (Twelfth Night) and Mephistopheles (Dr Faustus) in 2016, and Kate (Taming of the Shrew) and Regan (Queen Lear) in 2017, returns as Rosalind in As you Like It, and Adam Donaldson takes on the lead role in Henry V.
In the second half of the season Barr will direct an outdoor production of Hamlet (opens on 20 July with previews on 18 and 19) with award-winning actress, Nicole Cooper, in the title role. This will be the 3rd time in recent years that Cooper has taken on one of the great Shakespearean male roles after Timon (Timon of Athens – 2017) and Coriolanus (2016). Meanwhile, in the Kibble Palace Jennifer Dick will direct a 4-hander version of Richard III with Robert Elkin returning to the Bard in Botanics company in the title role.
In recent years Bard in the Botanics has gained a reputation for blurring genders and the 2019 season will continue this approach. The opening production – As You Like It – will feature a host of romantic couples with genders swapped across the characters to present a range of romances – straight, gay and a little bit of everything in between.
This exciting production is sure to dazzle crowds, so here’s hoping for good weather!