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Founded in 2000 by Stephen Tomlin Demi-paradise performs indoor promenade productions of Shakespeare and other seasonal entertainments at Lancaster Castle, a magnificent Grade 1 listed building with a history stretching back over 900 years.
Formerly the last castle in Europe still in use as a prison it still retains a working criminal court, the oldest in the land. An ensemble of regionally based professional performers & technicians, our company is committed to creating an unforgettable experience of classical drama in one of the most extraordinary of non theatre settings to be found anywhere in the country.
In recognition of this Demi-paradise has previously been short listed for the prestigious Equity Ensemble Award, one of the Peter Brook/Empty Space Awards, presented annually to UK fringe theatres unsupported by public funds.
The company’s site specific interpretations of Richard II (2000), Measure For Measure (2001),Macbeth (2002), All’s Well That Ends Well (2004), Richard III (2006), Hamlet (2008), The Merchant of Venice (2010), Much Ado About Nothing (2012), and Othello (2014) have reflected the history of the building as a royal fortress, prison, court, asylum & centre of government.
Due to the restricted sizes of the various promenade playing spaces – courts, corridors, landings, library, prison areas, towers etc – audience capacity is strictly limited to just 60 for each Shakespeare production performance.