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Richard III and new exhibition at the abbey

Richard III and new exhibition at the abbey

An exciting adaptation of Richard III takes place at Glastonbury Abbey on May 13.

All the world is a stage and what part will you play? Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean performance, Brite Theatre has re-imagined Richard III as a bold and engaging one-woman show with the audience taking on the other roles.

Tickets are on sale now for this award-winning show along with other theatre productions being staged at the abbey this summer.

Meanwhile, the abbey ruins have provided an exciting starting point for an exhibition of ceramics by two Somerset potters, on display at Glastonbury Abbey this summer.

The Past in the Present exhibition will feature the work of Elizabeth Raeburn and Rodney Lawrence, well known for their beautifully crafted pottery that has been widely exhibited across the world.

This exhibition brings the people and landscape of the abbey to life, whether in the imagined past or the real present. The artists have drawn inspiration from the abbey’s past visitors, pilgrims and residents, in addition to many aspects of the abbey today including carvings and gargoyles, utensils in the Abbot’s kitchen, ponds, orchard, trees and herb garden.

Rodney uses both the wheel and hand-building techniques for his stoneware pottery to frame his quirky and often humorously illustrated pots. Elizabeth’s ‘raku’ fired pots and plaques represent the abbey in a changing landscape, using coloured slips and a delicate and painterly style.

The Past in the Present exhibition will be on display at Glastonbury Abbey from 27th May until 24th September and is free to view with normal admission. For more information and tickets please visit

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Added: 25th April 2017