More than 300 people enjoyed sunshine, sandwiches and an open air Shakespeare spectacular in Frinton last weekend.

The show – Merry Wives – was performed by a company of 18 professional and amateur actors and musicians with stage, set and scenery moving between a series of venues.

Schoolchildren from the Tendring district formed part of the show at the Free Church in Frinton, St Mary’s Parish Church and on the Greensward.

Matthew Townshend, whose company Matthew Townshend Productions staged the event, said he had been delighted with the attendance.

“It was glorious weather and families turned up to spread out their picnic rugs, enjoy the sunshine and laugh along with us for what was a spectacular play,” he said.

Also in the audience was Councillor Giles Watling, the newly appointed Tendring District Council representative for regeneration, and Councillor Mark Platt.

Both have long championed Matthew Townshend’s Arts in the Community work.

Merry Wives is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy Merry Wives of Windsor and stars John D Collins who is best known for his role as Lieutenant Fairfax in the BBC’s well-loved comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!.

Matthew said: “There was something magical about taking people on a physical journey through three beautiful Frinton settings.

“We very much hope to see the same sort of turnout when the show moves to mid Suffolk in July.”

The play is to be held at Wingfield Barns, IP21 5RA on Friday 10 July at 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased through ticketsource ( and cost £12 for adults or £40 for a family of four.

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