The Woodcutter, also known as The Three Wishes, tells the story of Hodge, a lazy, obstinate woodcutter, who is unexpectedly granted three wishes by Oberon, King of the Fairies. Granted with such power, can Hodge make the right decision?
The play was originally staged at Wimpole Hall, in Cambridgeshire, in 1797 and re-performed at Wrest Park in 1849, this time by the grandchildren of the original ‘Hodge’ – Thomas Robinson, Earl de Grey.
The performance is part of a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, a collaboration between Oxford’s English Faculty, English Heritage, and the National Trust. It will bring together Wrest Park and Wimpole Hall to examine the shared literary culture at both properties at a time when they were owned by the Yorke family.
The students from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, have re-imagined the play and brought it to life in the same playful spirit.
Tickets to the performance are free with admission to Wimpole estate.