The Taunton Thespians’ newest “leading” lady is preparing for her first pawformance in the touring production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona starting on Tuesday 10 July.  Mavis won the hearts of the Thespians’ audition panel although she is the youngest member of the cast and has never acted before. She is looking forward to lapping up the applause and smiling for the pupp-arazzi.  This is no shaggy dog story: Mavis is a 12-month-old Cockerpoo and will be playing the role of ‘Crab’.

Mavis lives in Puriton with Uncle Alan, her manager and canine companions.  Mavis is sure to pick up some acting tips from her puppy pal Flora, a golden retriever whose stage credits include Annie.

Mavis and the rest of the cast will be performing from Tuesday 10th to Saturday 21st July at ten stunning locations across Somerset including Blackmore Farm near Cannington, Cleeve Abbey in West Somerset, Brympton D’Evercy near Yeovil, Dillington House, Muchelney Abbey, the  Mount Somerset Hotel and Queen’s College in Taunton and Wellington School. Venues will open at 6pm for picnics before the show, which starts at 7.30pm  Tickets are valid for any performance and are available from the Taunton Visitor Centre, online at tauntonthespians.org.uk  or from any venue on the night.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of Shakespeare’s most charming comedies so bring friends, chairs and a picnic and prepare for Shakespeare as you have never seen it before.

PHOTO: Mavis and Flora

Tickets are priced at £12 and £5 (concessions for children, students and the unwaged) and the dates and venues are as follows:

Tuesday 10th July
Six Acres Resource Centre Roman Road, Taunton, TA1 2BD

Wednesday 11th July
Mount Somerset Hotel Lower Henlade, Taunton, TA3 5NB

Thursday 12th July
Brympton House Brympton d’Evercy, Odcombe, Yeovil BA22 8TD

Friday 13th July
Blackmore Farm Cannington, Bridgwater, TA5 2NE

Saturday 14th July
Cleeve Abbey Abbey Road, Washford, Watchet, TA23 0PS

Tuesday 17th July
Wellington School South Street, Wellington, TA21 8NT

Wednesday 18th July
Dillington House Ilminster, TA19 9DT

Thursday 19th July
Muchelney Abbey Muchelney, Langport, TA10 0DQ

Friday 20th July
Queen’s College Trull Road, Taunton, TA1 4QS

Saturday 21st July
Hartwood House Crowcombe Heathfield, TA4 4BS (SSAFA Benefit)


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