The players braved wind and rain as they battled against the elements to perform William Shakespeare's late romance, The Winter's Tale, outdoors.
Celebrating their 32nd anniversary, Shakespeare Live gave a sterling rendition of the play, which was written around 1610-11.
Director Gill Morrell produced an exciting and fast-moving production of one of The Bard's most popular plays, with its themes including friendship and love, jealousy, loss and reconciliation.
In between are near-tragedy, romance, partying peasants, a touch of magic and, weirdly, a six-legged bear!
In view of the weather, I thought the dedicated company gave exceptional performances in conditions where some would have called off the event.
The stand-out performance of the evening for me was Barbara Ingledew's Paulina, railing against King Leontes for his treatment of Queen Hermione.
Shakespeare Live has decided to go for a late start at 7.45pm, rather than the 7pm start it really needs, meaning it ends around 11pm.
Dress up warm and take a coat if the current inclement weather continues. If the sun shines, arrive early and enjoy a picnic from 12.30pm for the matinee and from 6.30pm for the evening performances, plus some extra live entertainment on Saturday’s Gala Night.