If YOU’VE not sampled Shakespeare live, a date to insert in the diary is Saturday, August 25 when the renowned Lord Chamberlain’s Men company are due to perform ‘The Tempest’ at Whitchurch's Alderford Lake.

The visionary spectacle of a Shakespearian play is always far better understood than the written word – and this company are superb at delivering the nuances and insights of the Bard’s masterpieces.

The all-male company are named after Shakespeare’s own company and their offer is in traditional Elizabethan style.

Directed by Peter Stickney, ‘The Tempest’ tells of Prospero, the Duke of Milan who has been usurped and exiled by his brother, to an island with his daughter Miranda and a book of magic. In turn, his enemies – his brother Antonio and Alonso, King of Naples – are shipwrecked to this same island by a storm invoked by Prospero. To find out what happens next, you’ll have to come along.

Enjoy the outdoor spectacle of this fine production with a picnic in the beautiful surrounds of Alderford Lake. The production starts at 7pm with gates opening at 6pm.Tickets from the box office at Alderford Lake on 01948 665914. Pre-booked tickets before August 24 are Adults £14; Children £9. On the day, tickets are £16.50 for adults, £11 for children.