Sunday 17th November 2019 

Whole day excursion to Salomons Estate near Tunbridge Wells

The Shakespeare Project presents

MACBETH by William Shakespeare

The Victorian Theatre, Salomons Estate  2.30pm

With 2 course roast lunch in the main house and Q&A session after the performance

I always get excited to hear about anything new and local. To then discover that this new contemporary production will take place at Salomons Estate was even more exciting. The name of this historic estate helps preserve the memory of three generations of the extraordinary Salomons family: Sir David Salomons, the first Jewish Lord Mayor of London, who courageously campaigned for the political rights of religious minorities; Sir David Lionel Salomons, a scientists, engineer, photographer and inventor; and Captain David Reginald Salomons, whose heroic self-sacrifice during the First World War has been dramatised in ‘The Dreamers’, a West End musical.  Did you come with me to see The Dreamers?  Haunting music with a great story and to visit the home of the lead character is an opportunity not to miss.

The Shakespeare Project is a collective of professional actors and creatives who are bringing quality Shakespeare productions to the South East. Itwas founded earlier this year by Artistic Director Peter Basham & Executive Producer Laurence Taylor. Using an ensemble of experienced classical actors, their aim is tobring Shakespeare’s plays to life, with superb storytelling being at the very heart of what they do.

"What's done cannot be undone..."Macbeth is arguably one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays with themes of the supernatural, fate, and the corrosive nature of ambition. Based on true events (yes, really!), we follow the descent of Macbeth from war hero to murderous tyrant. Macbethfeatures a stellar line up of stage and screentalent: Peter Basham , Aamira Challenger, Tom Chapman, Vangelis Christodoulou, LouiseJameson , Ffion Jolly , Aaron Sidwell, Adam Sopp , Sarah Wadell and Gerald Bishop.

There is more information about some of the cast below after the coach boarding info 

Details: On arrival at Salomons Estate we will enjoy a 2 course lunch followed by tea or coffee. Lunch will be a choice of 2 roast meats or a vegetarian option followed by dessert. Nearer the time I will send out menus for pre-order. We should then have time to have a look around the house, including a small 2 room museum before taking our seats in the adjoining Victorian Theatre. Although this is a contemporary production and will be performed in modern dress, it will be Shakespeare script with the text cut to aid storytelling.

To make it even more special, after the performance there will be a Q&A session with lead actor Peter Basham and then we rejoin our coach for the journey home.

I think that even if Shakespeare is not your cup of tea you will still enjoy this fascinating day out. I can’t wait and hope you will join me.

Excursion Price: £85.00

Price includes: coach travel throughout; coffee and biscuits en-route, 2 course lunch including tea or coffee and restaurant gratuities, theatre ticket, coach driver’s gratuity, courier services


8.00am Sandwich Railway Station                                                    

8.08am Sholden Church

8.12am  Deal Fire Station Bus Stop                                                  

8.15am Deal South Street                                                                  

8.20am Walmer – opposite butcher’s shop                                    

8.40am Dover – St Paul’s Catholic Church, Maison Dieu Rd

9.00am Folkestone outside Bus Station

9.05am Folkestone bus stop opposite Trinity Church

9.10am Seabrook bus stop opposite Fountain Pub

9.15am Hythe Red Lion Square bus stop

9.45am  Great Danes Hotel near Maidstone [coffee stop]

Cast Details

Peter Basham [Macbeth] has performed with the RSC, Bristol Old Vic, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Nottingham Playhouse and Duke of York's London among others. He has appeared in high profile screen roles such as The Promise, Sherlock, Agatha Raisin, Berlin Station, Eastenders, Skyfall and Inceptio

Louise Jameson (Queen Duncan) Dr Who, Tenko, Bergerac, Eastenders, Doc Martin, says “Arguably Shakespeare's finest play, about to be performed in one of Kent's most glorious locations, with a new and innovative troupe. What's not to love about this fresh look at a classical masterpiece? I'm very excited to be included.”

Aaron Sidwell (Macduff) Steven Beale Eastenders, Henry V, says “I am over the moon to have the opportunity to join this phenomenal new theatre company opening in Tunbridge Wells. Having grown up in Maidstone but educated in Goudhurst, TunbridgeWells ended up becoming my home in my teenage years. I was lucky enough to attend Yew TreeTheatre school and perform at the Assembly Halls on several occasions, so Tunbridge Wells istruly in my blood. Macbeth is a play I have always wanted to be a part of since studying it forGCSE. It’s exploration of the lengths a man and woman will go to, to achieve what they need orwant are extraordinary. You need look no further for where the inspiration for Breaking Bad camefrom! To have this opportunity to perform it professionally is something I’m over the moon about. Iwas also recently part of an 8 person cast just like this doing Henry V and it made it so much moreepic and dramatic for having the fewer numbers - people are in for one hell of a treat!”

‘Macbeth’ will be directed by Joseph Pitcher (RSC: ‘Matilda The Musical’)

The Victorian Science Theatre at Salomons. Sir David Lionel Salomons’ passion for photography, lighting and mechanical devices is evident throughout the house. He was the first person in the country to introduce electricity to his home and he also added a private theatre equipped with one of the finest electrically driven philharmonic organs (now the only one left in the world)

In 2003 the Welte organ was fully restored with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and is now regularly played.

The Welte Organ is unique in that it has always been in situ in the Science Theatre, this outstanding example of a private Victorian largely untouched by time or cosmetic modification. To walk into this superb building is a breath taking experience as one is immediately aware of its almost cathedral-like atmosphere.