COUGHTON Court near Alcester is to provide the backdrop to an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s classic The Tempest.

Theatre Company, the Pantaloons are set to put on the romantic adventure with magic and monsters on Friday, August 22.

Director Stephen Purcell said: “The play changes tone very suddenly throughout and we hope our production reflects that.

“Ultimately, it's a play about the power, potential and sheer joy of the human imagination, and that's what The Pantaloons are all about.”

The production will use music, movement, poetry and puppetry to create Prospero's world of illusions.

Shakespeare wrote the Tempest at the end of his career in the past he wrote either comedies or tragedies but this play was a blend of both.

Gates open at 6.30pm with the show starting at 7.30pm.

Visitors are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy teas, coffees and ice-creams from the Stables Coffee Bar.

Ticket prices start at £15.75 for adults, £8.40 for children and £40 for families. To book visit or call 0844 2491895.