Published Monday 20th June 2016

Organised as part of St Michael’s Hospice Open Gardens season, visitors will be able to enjoy 20 acres of beautiful gardens at Newport House and watch a performance of ‘A Winter’s Tale’ performed by the Willow Globe Company, who have established a reputation for producing accessible and incredibly entertaining productions of Shakespeare’s plays.
Newport Hosue is also thought to have been the home of the English Lollard martyr Sir John Oldcastle, who it is believed was the model for Shakespeare’s character Falstaff.
The owner of Newport House Jenny Watt said, ‘My father went for treatment at St Michael’s, and when I visited the Hospice I was moved by the serenity and empathy of the staff. I have always wanted to find out more about Shakespeare and with this year being the 400th anniversary of his death, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring a production of a play originally set in Sicily to Herefordshire.’
Tickets for the performance on Sunday 26th June are limited must be booked in advance by contacting the Community Fundraising Team on 01432 851000 or email
Proceeds from this event will be split between St Michael’s Hospice and the Willow Globe Company.
Photo: Doe Herbert from the Willow Globe Company playing Autolycus’ Moll. (Photo credit) Jacquie & Tchad Blake.