St Peter & St James Hospice was delighted to be supported by Players in the Park as they presented a ‘Bard in the Barn’ production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in aid of the Hospice. The production raised nearly £13,000!

The play was performed over two weeks, in early June, where all were invited to picnic before the performance and enjoy the picturesque surroundings at Cockhaise Farm, in Lindfield.

This was the fourth play that Players in the Park has performed for the hospice following in the success of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ and ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. These three productions helped raise £20,000 for the hospice with this year’s production raising a fantastic £13,000, so in total Players in the Park have raised £33,000!

Cathryn Parker, from Players in the Park, said, “Geoff and I are delighted that Much Ado was so well supported and such an artistic and financial success for the Hospice. We could not do this without the fantastic support of a whole host of people who construct and paint, make and do, and give their time freely to enable us to provide fabulous entertainment to the benefit of the hospice community!

“Players in the Park are especially grateful to Jeremy & Jacky Burdett and family at Cockhaise Farm, Lindfield, for once again permitting us to transform their grain store into a theatre for two weeks.”

Giles Witcomb, Head of Fundraising at St Peter & St James Hospice, said, “All at the hospice are so grateful to everyone who was involved in, and supported, the production. Over the years, the productions have been extremely well-attended by our supporters and I cannot thank Cathryn and Geoff enough for all their hard work and commitment.”