Shakespeare’s The Tempest set in Sunderland park

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A WEARSIDE park is forming the backdrop to one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays.

Scores of park-goers have watched a talented troupe of local actors perform The Tempest against Barnes Park’s landmark features.

Shakespeare's The Tempest performed in Barnes Park,  by Theatre Space, North East.

Shakespeare's The Tempest performed in Barnes Park, by Theatre Space, North East.

Staged by Theatre Space NE, the open-air production runs until tonight and has been stopping dog-walkers and passers-by in their tracks.

Director Corinne Kilvington said: “We had about 50 to 70 people come along for the first night and the actors really enjoyed themselves.

“We had a bit of rain but it was just as the Tempest happens and then it dried up again so it was like Mother Nature was on our side.

“Barnes Park is perfect for a performance like this as it has clear spaces and beautiful sculptures and features that people can easily get to.”

It’s the second year the group have performed Shakespeare in the park after the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year.

The actors will perform in all but the most severe of weather conditions.

To see tonight’s performance, meet at the Coach House in Barnes Park at 7pm.

A donation of £5 is suggested.