Shakespeare with a difference is coming to Ripon


Last updated May 28, 2021
Photo of the Three Inch Fools
The Three Inch Fools

Ripon’s Workhouse Museum Garden will be the setting for The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The Three Inch Fools, will give their musically-driven take on Shakespeare’s raucous comedy.

The touring troupe of five actors, will perform on the evening of Friday 25 June.


Photo of Ripon Workhouse garden

The performance will be staged in the Ripon Workhouse Museum Garden

Known for their fast-paced approach to Shakespeare’s works, The Three Inch Fools are a touring company.

They have built a reputation for staging productions, using many different instruments.

This is combined with rapid costume changes.

Collaborating with composer Stephen Hyde, for each production, they create a completely original musical soundtrack.

Following the easing of the covid lockdown the touring  company has a summer traveling the length and breadth of the UK

They are in their seventh year of touring, having so far performed at more than 150 venues to almost 60,000 people.

Organisers suggest that audience members come prepared with blankets, cushions and camping-chairs.

The Workhouse, Prison & Police and Old Courthouse museums reopened to visitors on 17 May.

Ripon Museum Trust, which maintains the heritage attractions, received two grants totalling £186,850 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The funding is designed to help cultural organisations to get back on their feet following the coronavirus crisis.

A grant of £69,350, announced in April, will help the trust  to develop digital learning for schools and reconnect with tour groups, older learners and communities.

Bookings can be made via or by telephone on 01765 690799.


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