Crowds enjoy seriously silly Shakespeare over the half-term

Oddsocks with Library staff

More than 120 people of all ages were entertained by a fun take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Rugby Library over the half term.

‘The Bard’s Best Bits of Romeo and Juliet’ was performed by national touring company Oddsocks Productions, thanks to a grant from Arts Council England.

One audience member said: “It was an absolutely fantastic, wonderful production. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, and ended up doing both.”

Cllr Kam Kaur, Portfolio Holder for Customers at Warwickshire County Council, said: “We are delighted that so many people got the chance to see the award-winning Oddsocks at Rugby Library. Their comedy adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet appealed to audience members of all ages, making it a half-term highlight for many local families.”

Cllr Matt Western, Chair of the Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: “Our libraries are real hubs of learning and culture and I’m pleased that that so many people were able to see this top class production for free at Rugby Library.”

The Rugby performance was part of a regional tour with performances in 14 libraries of the West Midlands. National celebrations have been funded by Arts Council England and organised by the Society of Chief Librarians and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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