A DENBIGHSHIRE town is once again looking forward to a number of musical and cultural events as part of its annual festival.

Ruthin Festival will be taking place at various venues in the town between this coming Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, July 3.

One of the events will be the ever popular Shakespeare play in the town’s oldest house.

Illyria Production company will be returning to Ruthin’s Nantclwyd Dref on June 25, performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the superb setting of the building’s historic garden.


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Secretary of the Friends of Nantclwyd y Dref Julie Lloyd Owen said: "It is quite a rare event to have an open air Shakespeare play in Ruthin in Denbighshire, and Illyria have had fantastic reviews wherever they go.

"People are very welcome to bring along a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere of Nantclwyd’s garden.

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"We did have a socially distanced event with Illyria in 2021, but it is great to see events taking place in the Ruthin area and the community getting back together after Covid-19, and what better opportunity than an evening of culture and entertainment."

Also, in the festival week is a concert on Friday, July 1 with Cor Bro Cernyw from the Llangernyw area under the baton of Alaw Owen, and the popular local singing group Tocsidos Bler.

All the proceeds of the concert will be going to the Glan Clwyd Hospital Cancer unit.


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"We have organised a number of concerts over many years which have always been well supported, and we hope this time again for such a worthy cause," said concert organiser Gwenan Williams.

The Shakespeare play and concert are part of the town’s long established festival, which this year culminates as always with the popular Top of Town event.

The festival committee is looking forward to festival week.

"There is an extensive programme planned with includes everything from workshops and folk music, to a Shakespeare play and classical music, to a poetry session and of course the town’s annual carnival on June 25 on the fields of Ruthin School," said Gwion Tomos, the festival committee chair.

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"We are deeply grateful for the support of local businesses, and this time the festival will have its own merchandise for sale at the Top of Town and we will be live streaming the event to the town’s care homes to get everyone involved with the event."

Tickets for the Shakespeare play are £16 for adults, £8 for children and £40 for a family of four.

They are available at Siop Elfair (01824 702575) or on the door on the night.

Tickets for the concert are also available at Siop Elfair or by contacting Elwyn and Gwenan Williams on 01824 707932.

More information about the festival is available at www.gwylrhuthunfestival.cymru and on Facebook.