CROWDS were treated to a performance of a classic William Shakespeare play in the sunshine this weekend at the first performances of this year’s Shakespeare in the Park.

Saltaire Shakespeare, an amateur dramatic group based in the village, put on the performance as part of its annual outdoor theatre production.

This year, the group is performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s best known comedies, which tells the tale of events surrounding the marriage of the King of Athens to the former Queen of the Amazons.

It follows last year’s performance of Much Ado About Nothing, and the group will be performing again on Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm, and Saturday, June 24, and Sunday 25 at 2pm and 7pm.

Stephen Pearson, artistic director, said: “It has been really good so far, we had good audiences and great weather.

“Anyone can come along and watch, it’s free, it’s funny, and it’s a bit off the wall and different from the usual Shakespeare.”