Illyria to perform MIdsummer Night’s Dream at Helensburgh’s Maciintosh Hill House

The award-winning theatre company, Illyria, is celebrating their 25th year with one of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, as the world marks the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

They will be showcasing Shakespeare’s well known comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Trust for Scotland’s Hill House in Helensburgh on 22nd July.

Against the impressive backdrop of Mackintosh’s Hill House, the magic and confusion of this popular piece will be played out – against the numinous background of a summer that, politically, has been every bit as full of confusions, disguise, misrepresentation and mystery.

The difference here between the drama and the external reality is that we are not yet in a position to be sure that ‘Our revels now are ended’.

The event starts at 7pm and is outdoors. The advice is to bring low chairs and/or rugs to sit on.

Tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for children and £45 for a family – and online bookings can be made here online.

High on a hill in Helensburgh, overlooking the River Clyde, Hill House is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation.

It is a visually arresting mix of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial and Japonisme architecture and design.

Mackintosh designed nearly everything inside the Hill House too, from the decorative schemes and the furniture to the fittings and contents. His wife, Margaret Macdonald, designed and made many of the textiles as well as a beautiful fireplace panel.

Much of the house has been restored so it looks almost exactly as it did in 1904 when its first residents, Glasgow publisher, Walter Blackie and his family, moved in.

Hill House was donated to the National Trust for Scotland in 1982 and its beautiful, formal gardens have also been restored in line with the early designs, using plants that would have been available at the time.

It’s always worth a visit – perhaps particularly by those of us who can get there any time and feel there’s no hurry. ‘Someday’ can become today any time we like.

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