A VINEYARD is hosting its first-ever outdoor Shakespeare performance.

Ryedale Vineyards, at Westow, is working with Folksy Theatre to bring audiences a comedy performance of Taming of the Shrew on August 23, from 7pm.

Hundreds of arts venues have been forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic, with many theatre organisations hosting outdoor events in accordance with social distancing guidance.

The vineyard is providing socially distanced spaces for families and individuals to bring their own chairs, blankets and picnic.

“People are desperate for a laugh during this unknown period of time,” said Michelle Fletcher, from Ryedale Vineyard.

“At Ryedale Vineyard, we have lots of space for everyone to

socially distance at a stick’s length while enjoying Shakespeare with a twist.

“Folksy Theatres is a hilarious group, with plenty of slap stick scenes and jokes.

“You expect any Shakespeare performance to be serious, but the Folksy Theatre add a refreshing comedy element guaranteed to make you laugh.

“If the event is successful, we want to organise more theatre performance and put a smile on people’s faces.

“If you fancy something different, then I recommend joining the good old fashioned family fun.”

The Folksy Theatre, which faced summer cancellations during coronavirus lockdown, is currently touring the country with different comedy performances.

The Taming of the Shrew is about Baptista Minola attempting to marry off his two daughters; however, he will not marry off his youngest daughter, Bianca, until her eldest sister, Katherine, has found a husband.

When a young nobleman, Petruccio, comes to town, he intends to take on the challenge of taming and marrying Katherine.

The Ryedale Vineyard, established in 2006, is currently the most northerly commercial vineyard in Britain, located at the foot of the North Yorkshire Wolds.

The family business is offering a picnic order from the vineyard kitchen alongside refreshments during the performance from the Horsebox Bar.

The gates open from 6pm, with the performance commencing at 7pm.

Pre-booking is essential, with tickets priced from £15 for adults and £12 for children.

For more information and booking details, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/4682115