AFTER a magical opening night in the courtyard of Chirk Castle, the LADS theatre group is taking their production of Shakespeare’s historical drama ‘Richard III’ to the unique Willow Globe theatre in Llanwrthwl, near Rhayader this weekend.

The performances at 7.30pm this Saturday, and at 3pm on Sunday, September 8, bring down the curtain on this year’s Shakespeare Link season at the enchanting open air venue, where living willow has been planted and entwined to create a scaled down version of the Globe Theatre in London.

The LADS (Llanymynech Amateur Dramatic Society) have been bringing theatre to their local area since 1992 and are now spreading their wings to theatres around the region.

Richard III’s relentless, murderous quest for power portrays him as a seductive chameleon, finally haunted by the many he has destroyed.

Director Pam Johnson said: “William Shakespeare’s Richard III is in turn a villain, comedian, lover, devoted brother, actor, scheming liar and loyal friend – until you fall out of favour!

“Conscious stricken and cursed at the end, Richard’s fall from the peak of his tyrannical power and his final vanquish ending the Wars of the Roses is mesmerising.”

With a full cast, lavish costumes and specially composed live music this is a production not to be missed.

Tickets for the Willow Globe are available for adults at £12 and under 16s at £6. Bar and refreshments will available. The shows will be held under cover if wet.

The LADS move on to the Walker Theatre at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17 and 18.

The company have had rave reviews from audiences and pride themselves on being fun, adventurous and ambitious. For further details and tickets see or call Pam on 01691 658032.