The Barden Party, a Kiwi theatre troupe, will perform a raucous, rockin’ musical comedy, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our Gilded Age mansion will provide the perfect location for the performance at an outdoor garden party. Bring a picnic to enjoy. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Light refreshments will be served. The two hour and fifteen minute performance includes a 15 minute intermission.
The Barden Party was born in Laura Irish’s New Zealand backyard in the height of COVID restrictions. “I had just experienced being let go from another cancelled theatre show due to COVID,” the American/New Zealander says. “I was standing on my deck thinking ‘this is bigger than most stages I have performed on’.” Laura, a lifelong Shakespeare buff, had an idea – The Bard (Shakespeare’s nickname) + a Garden Party was sure to be a good time for all and just what people needed in tough times. Thus, the Barden Party was created – a nimble show that could be performed in any space it encounters.
And what better way to do that than like travelling troubadours did hundreds of years ago! Laura and her musical director Jake Robinson, fresh from working on London’s celebrated West End, came up with the idea of fusing pop music into Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “The result was just this pocket of fun and joy that people all around the country wanted to share with their friends from the comfort of their own homes,” Laura says.
Just a few shows ballooned to more than 50 across the whole of New Zealand – playing festivals, retirement parties, selling out theatres, and bringing a little extra magic to birthday celebrations and neighborhood gatherings. “We found that people were craving connection and that is what theatre and music can bring.”
Jam-packed with a talented cast, they navigate through The Bard’s tale of magic, mischief and love by peppering the story with pop songs fused into folk ballads.
Tickets are $35; $20 for 17 and under accompanied by adult. Reservations are strongly recommend, Please bring blankets and chair and a picnic if desired. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Light refreshments will be served. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. This is an outdoor event. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.