SUMMER after summer of downpours must be getting to the Bard in the Botanics lot.
The Shakespeare festival is back with three of the bard’s greatest works — two of them tragedies.
First to brave the great outdoors in the westend park is Othello, opening this Wednesday.
The Moorish general and ill-fated love Desdemona are marching towards disaster every night until July 6, the plotting Iago in tow.
There’s some light relief from the next, Much Ado About Nothing. The comedy is in fashion this year (in small part, thanks to a certain screen version which closed the Glasgow Film Festival).
The Botanics take sees warring-but-would-be couple Benedick and Beatrice recreated as Benedick and Bertram, a male pairing. Catch the 21st century twist July 10-27.
And running alongside the comedy is another ill-fated title character — Julius Caesar — on July 11-27.
The noble Brutus is out to bring down the tyrant — but who can you trust when facing the ultimate act of betrayal?
Well, as the man himself says: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves...”
The last production is performed in the more intimate Kibble Palace venue by a cast of four, offering a chance to get up close and personal.
So, come rain or shine, the only real question to ask yourself is: sparkling comedy or true tragedy?
For times and ticket info, visit www.bardinthebotanics.co.uk.