New rules scupper Love and Laughter

SHAKESPEARE Live, a company of talented and adventurous amateur actors, will no longer be able to perform Of Love and Laughter  (a Covid compliant compilation of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays) at the Merlin Theatre in Frome on Saturday 26th September.

Following the new regulations for amateur theatre, announced this week, the Merlin is unable to host the production at the present time. While the Shakespeare Live company members are very disappointed, they hope to be able to stage Of Love and Laughter as soon as possible, and in the mean time would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The six-strong company had already given three successful open-air performance, with other Somerset and Wiltshire shows to be confirmed, as theatres begin to open up.

Devised and directed by Gill Morrell, this full length show inclues scenes from Two Noble Kinsmen, Henry VI pt I, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice. The actors are Lynne McCaffrey, Lauren Arena-McCann, Stephanie Mitchell, Graham Paton, Laurence Parnell and Matt Rushton.


Graham Paton, chairman of the company, says: “After more than 30 years, we really thought that we were going to have to miss out on Shakespeare in 2020. It’s a huge pleasure to be able to offer this medley of the Bard’s irreverent thoughts on the follies of love.”

Booking is essential.  Contact the Merlin for details.