PERFORMING arts students are heading to Skipton next week for some free, Covid-safe, open air shows.

Bradford College’s brand new Shakespeare inspired show follows the exploits of a travelling theatre company ‘The Ewe-niversal Players’ who arrive in Skipton to share some of the Bard’s greatest hits.

But the backstage tensions between the cast members spill over into the performance and it’s touch and go whether all’s well that ends well.

Jane Rice-Bowen, creative producer and college lecturer, said:“We were inspired by the fact that Craven Museum has a rare Shakespeare First Folio. This coupled with the opportunity to perform in the beautiful grounds of Holy Trinity Church with the iconic castle gatehouse as a backdrop made Skipton the perfect place to stage our show.”

The Covid safe open-air performance will be staged on Wednesday (May 26) at 1pm and 3pm in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, High Street.

It will be ‘first come, first served. People are urged to bring a picnic and blanket.