Yes, indeed. The Stockholm English Speaking Theatre (SEST) is celebrating William Shakespeare's 450th birthday this year by presenting one of his jolliest plays: Much Ado About Nothing.
Bring along your chairs and blankets to the fragrant lemon groves of Sicily - or rather, Rosendals Wärdshus on Djurgården. But that's close enough, right?
"Visitors can expect Sicily in the late 50s, olive groves, flamboyant costumes, swords, singing, and dancing," SEST co-founder and actor Kristina Leon told The Local.
Leon said that the company chose Much Ado About Nothing because it blends humour with serious issues like honour, and presents issues that people can still relate to today.
The show will be performed on land belonging to the Swedish Royal Court – which makes it all the more believable, not to mention fun.
"We spoke to the people managing the royal land, and they were very happy to hear from us," Leon said. "They were eager to have theatre in English. And of course places like Drottningholm and Rosendal are amazing and gorgeous. Especially for tourists, since they are one of our main audiences, it's perfect."
Do you want to see Shakespeare here at Drottningholm? Of course you do. Photo: Imagebank Sweden/Melker Dahlstrand
The show premieres on July 11th at Parkteatern on Djurgården. Shows will be held at Drottningholm Palace from July 17th to 19th, and thereafter performances will be held at Rosendals Wärdshus on Djurgården. Tickets and all show times can be found here. Tickets are 250 kronor for adults, and free for children under 12.
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