OVO’s open air Macbeth at St Paul’s Walden Bury

AN open-air production of a play first performed in the confines of their St Albans theatre is being given by drama group OVO over the Bank Holiday weekend.

OVO have opted for a modern interpretation of Macbeth, arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play, and it is set somewhere in Europe where warlords carry mobile phones and witches wear jeans.

It is being performed from tomorrow (Friday) to Sunday at St Paul’s Walden Bury, the birthplace and childhood home of the Queen Mother who spent much of her time during her formative years at Glamis castle in Scotland where Macbeth is set.

The Bowes Lyons family still live at the Bury and the production is a rare opportunity to visit a garden regarded as one of the finest in the south of England.

Macbeth played to sell-out audiences when it was performed at OVO’s theatre in Pudding Lane, St Albans, last month.

There will be three performances at 7.30pm each evening and a Saturday matinee at 3pm. The grounds will open one hour before performances for picnicking.

Tickets at �15 with concessions �7.50 are available from the box office on 07807 521436, online at www.ovo.org.uk or from Whitwell Post Office and Stores.