Top Ten Reasons to See The Baron’s Man: Reason 6 – Britannia Manor

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

As if Spaceman Richard Garriott didn’t give Austin enough by building the Curtain Theatre for The Baron’s men, the theatre is actually nested amidst his lakeside estate, Britannia Manor.  Getting there early and exploring the grounds is half the fun.  Some locals may know the property from the world class haunted houses he holds biannually, other, braver souls might know about the jousting spectacular, Lysts on the Lake, which happens in May each year (Bonecrusher knows that it sadly will not be held in Britannia this year, but Taylor, Texas.)  For those not in the know, Britannia Manor is a renaissance wonderland, complete with its own castle and pirate ship.  The grounds have a complete miniature village of tiny houses that is topped by an aerial wooden bridge.  The village is not populated during the run of The Baron’s Men, but an imaginative person can see pirates from the moored ship attacking the castle across the field as the village folk barricade their homes and shops from plunderers.  The ship even has a rope to swing from, though I recommend trying it before too many tankards of ale.  The grounds close at the end of the performance so I recommend getting there early with a picnic, stroll the grounds and climb the castle walls.  If that isn’t enough, take a spin of the play ground swing-n-spin (I just made that name up).  I mean this place is so bad-ass that Mr. Garriott once had to defend it with an Uzi…really.  I am proud that a citizen his stature chooses to call Austin home, a man who has gone to outer space.  I am even happier that he chose to come back to earth and defend us from the banality of life.  Go see The Baron’s Men and frolic in the play ground of Spacemen.

The Baron’s Men Present – The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Fridays and Saturdays April 5th-27th, Thursdays April 18th & 25th

The Curtain Theatre, Austin, Texas

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