Changeling offers something rarely found in contemporary theatre.
The course of true love never did run smooth
On Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves in an enchanted and mysterious forest, ruled by prying pixies and feuding fairies. The Fairy King and Queen are at war and keen but clueless amateur actors Bottom, Quince and friends are putting on a play. Mischievous fairy Puck is up to no good, playing tricks on them all in a magical comic tale where the course of true love is well and truly scuppered…
Think gothic fantasy meets RuPaul‘s Drag Race, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be another unmissable Changeling production. A funny, fantastical feast for the senses that will delight all ages.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed at one of the Marsh’s finest pubs: The Star Inn at St Mary in the Marsh, renowned for its delicious food and well kept beer. Overlooking the mediaeval church, this beautiful 15th century traditional Inn was a regular haunt of Noel Coward, so is an apt venue for open-air theatre. Bring a rug or chairs and enjoy this wonderful production, food and refreshment in the garden of The Star, under the Romney Marsh sky.
(under 18s free)
Due to covid-19, all tickets must be pre-booked and will not be available for purchase at the venue.
St Mary in the Marsh
The building dates back to the late 15th Century as thatched farm dwelling, with the earliest sale document dated 1542 when the property was sold for £18. In 1711 the property passed to Anthony Jessup, a farmer and brewer who had moved to the Marsh from nearby Ashford. In the same year Jessup registered the building as an ale house and was granted an ale and cider licence, however it was not until 1732 that the house became The Star.
During the latter half of the 18th and early 19th Centuries The Star provided shelter for shepherds and their sheep during the lambing season.
In the early 20th Century Noel Coward rented The Star Inn cottage whilst looking for a house to buy. It was during his stay that Coward became acquainted with Edith Nesbit, author of The Railway Children, who lived nearby and is buried in the churchyard opposite. It is believed that Coward wrote his first successful play whilst staying in the cottage.