An array of local acting talent has been rehearsing day and night ready to wow the local crowds of Frinton, in an open air Shakespeare spectacular this weekend.

Talent both new and experienced, young and old, have been perfecting their lines ahead of the performance of ‘Merry Wives’, taking place in Frinton on both Saturday and Sunday.

Since the beginning of May, the company of eighteen professional and amateur actors and musicians have been rehearsing at the Free Church in Frinton, at St Mary’s Parish Church and on the Greensward – school children from Tendring district, adults and established acting talent joining forces to perfect the show.

Entrance into the event is completely free, although those wishing to attend on either day must visit the ticketsource website or call 01394 385022 to guarantee their places as organisers mtp and Tendring District Council want to ensure there is enough room for everyone.

The performance starts off in the grounds of St Mary’s Church at 4.30pm (gates will open at 4pm), moving to the Free Church from approximately 5.20pm and on to the Greensward by 6.30pm. The show is due to end at approximately 7.00pm. It will be staged on both the Saturday and Sunday.

‘Merry Wives’, which is being staged by Matthew Townshend Productions with support from Tendring District Council, is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’.

John D Collins (best known for his role as Lieutenant Fairfax in the BBC’s well-loved comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!) has been cast in the lead role of larger-than-life Falstaff.

Matthew Townshend said of the event: “We are thrilled to be putting on such an exciting and different performance of a classic; taking people on a physical journey through three beautiful Frinton settings. It will be a riotous afternoon of entertainment for all the family – bring along a picnic and blanket, and enjoy Shakespeare as you may never seen it before!”

Those who want to attend should book online via or by calling 01394 385022.

For more information about the show please visit or call 01394 385022.