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'Hamlet' performed by the Changeling Theatre
Sat 15 July 2017, 18:15 – 21:30 BST
Riverhill welcomes The Changeling Theatre Company to our beautiful Walled Garden again in 2017. With stunning views across the Weald of Kent, come and enjoy and early Summer's evening with 'Hamlet' - Shakespeare's enduring tale of human mortality and struggle. Presented to mark the company's 20th anniversary.
Hamlet is a young man with everything going for him. A wealthy prince, a successful student, living the good life overseas. But when word reaches him that his father is dead, his world starts to fall apart.
Returning home he finds his mother has remarried his uncle, and his rightful succession to the throne has been snatched from under him. Everything in his universe has changed, and he struggles to understand it. Hamlet faces a difficult choice: to accept this new reality or to rebel against it.
Never out of season or fashion, Hamlet is a story of human mortality and struggle. A brilliant, relevant play for modern times.
We open The Walled Garden at 6.15pm for you to take your seats and begin your picnics on the grass terraces overlooking the staged area. It is suggested that you bring a rug to sit on. Chairs are also permitted. We will be offering Champagne, Wine, Beers, Pimms, ice cream and other refreshments during the evening. We do not allow alcohol to be bought into the Walled Garden.
Are children welcome at the event?
Yes, children are welcome, and tickets are available for children (age 4-16) at £14 each. You may consider whether this play is suitable for children under 10yrs. Please do be considerate of our other guests when deciding whether to bring your younger children.
What should I bring to the event?
Seating for the event is on the grassy terraces in our Walled Garden, so we recommend you bring a blanket to sit on. You may also bring chairs if you wish. As this is an outdoor event you should bring an extra layer of clothing as the air is likely to get chilly as the evening continues. You should also consider checking the weather forecast in advance, and bring an umbrella in the event of rain.
Due to the gradient of the path from the car park, we advise you to wear flat shoes. High heels are not suitable for this event.
You are welcome to bring a picnic to the event. We do not allow alcohol to be bought into the Walled Garden, but wine and beer will be available to purchase during the evening.
Is seating reserved?
No, seating is not reserved. The Walled Garden will be open from 6.15pm for guests to take their seats, and you may wish to arrive early to make sure you are able to seat where you wish.
How long is the performance?
The Walled Garden opens at 6.15pm for you to take your seats and get settled, and the Performance begins at 7.15. As the show is still in rehearsals we are not yet able to confirm the running time.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring your printed ticket to the event. We cannot guarantee entry without your printed ticket
What happens if it rains?
If light showers are forecast the performance will continue. Please do check the weather forecast in advance, and remember to bring your umbrellas if required.
Performances are only cancelled in storm conditions. In the unfortunate event that a performance does need to be cancelled due to weather conditions, the decision will be made 30 minutes before curtain up. An announcement will be made to the audience within The Walled Garden and on Facebook.
What is the refund policy?
Unfortunately, tickets are non-refundable.
If the performance is unfortunately cancelled due to storm conditions before the performance has started you will be offered a refund for your tickets. The decision to cancel the performance will not be made until 30 minutes before curtain up. In the event of cancellation an announcement will be posted on Facebook.
If the performance is unfortunately cancelled due to storm conditions after the performance has started you will be offered tickets to an alternative performance by The Changeling Theatre, when possible. We will only be able to offer tickets to alternative performances where tickets are still available.
Is the event accessible?
Although The Walled Garden is accessible, please also be aware that seating is on our grasses terraces, and that we do not currently have accessible toilet facilities.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is free. As you enter the Gardens our parking is sign-posted to your left. Please be aware that the car park is on a hill, so our gravel walk ways and paths are sloped. For accessible parking, please follow the signs down the drive towards Riverhill House.
For further information about how to get to Riverhill Himalayam Gardens, including public transport links, visit our website http://www.riverhillgardens.co.uk/new-findus.html
Can I come earlier?
Your ticket is for the Changeling Theatre production in our Walled Garden, and does not give you access to other areas of the garden. The Walled Garden opens at 6.15pm for you to take your seats. .
Can I bring my dog?
Although this year we welcome well behaved dogs on leads throughout the season, we are not able to accept dogs to this event.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have any further questions about this event, please contact Katie Goddard at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01732 459777.