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22nd October 2009, 2:52pm
Imaginative retellings of literary classics on stage at LPAC
The Winter's Tale Stage productions of three British literary classics will come to life at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre this winter.

The state-of-the-art 450-seat venue on the University of Lincoln's Brayford Pool campus will host fresh new interpretations of works by William Shakespeare, George Orwell and Dylan Thomas.

The curtain goes up on Friday 23 October, when Headlong Theatre, The Nuffield Theatre Southampton and Schtanhaus bring their acclaimed production of Shakespeare's magical masterpiece, The Winter's Tale, to the city for a two-night run.

With a lost child, a jealous king, a beautiful statue and the most famous stage direction of all time, Shakespeare's late, great romance weaves high drama and low comedy to tell a story of heartbreak, reunion and new found hope.

The story takes a twist towards political satire on Tuesday 3 November, when the LPAC will stage a magnificent one-man performance of George Orwell's classic, Animal Farm.

Using nothing but a wooden box, some amazing sound effects and brilliant physical and vocal dexterity, the multi-talented Gary Shelford ignites this famous yarn, bringing a modern, sinister relevance to Orwell's masterwork.

The dénouement arrives on 28 November when Dylan Thomas' timeless tale, Under Milk Wood, is brought vividly to life in another astonishing solo performance.

Guy Masterson's internationally acclaimed one-man interpretation has been seen from Swansea to the West End, Trinidad to New Zealand, Hong Kong to Calcutta, enchanting audiences wherever it has played. All 69 ebullient inhabitants of Llareggub are beautifully recreated in an amazing feat of memory and virtuosity.

LPAC spokesman Victoria Simpson said: "We're very excited to be hosting some wonderfully imaginative interpretations of these classic British literary works. These are timeless stories which deal with themes which are just as relevant to modern audiences as they were when the originals were written."

Animal Farm and Under Milk Wood are part of the LPAC's Singles season of dramatic monologues, which also includes The Devil Has Quentin's Heart (26 November) and Shakespeare's Villains (8 December).

Tickets cost £10 (£7 concessions) and are available from the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office, open Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm, Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln. They are also available by phoning 0844 888 4414 or visiting Tickets offers are available. Free car parking is available at the LPAC.

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