What better way to enjoy the summer than to watch - or even participate in - an open-air play on the 19th Century Parliamentarian after whom Gladstone Park is named?
The free al-fresco production will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Gladstone, who was Prime Minister four times, and had strong ties to north-west London.
Brent Arts Council are looking for people to take part in the drama which will be performed outside The Stables Art Centre and Gallery in the park on Saturday, July 4, and Saturday and Sunday July 11 and 12, with shows starting at 2pm and 5pm.
Martin Redston, of Brent Arts Council and Dollis Hill House Trust, says: "Gladstone's anniversary has a special
significance for people in Brent as the Grand Old Man spent so much of his later life staying in Dollis Hill House - the home of his friend and foreign secretary the Earl of Aberdeen.
"The grounds of this house are named Gladstone Park in his honour, the local phone code, 452, is of course GLA, and Hawarden Hill, the flats opposite, are named after his family home near Chester, Hawarden Hall.
"At weekends, Gladstone and his beloved wife Catherine regularly drove out to the rural retreat of Dollis Hill House, to get away from the stress and strains of Downing Street.
"Here Gladstone picked strawberries and rosebuds from the walled garden. He slept under the trees in a hammock and bathed in the pond. He served sandwiches and tea to the haymakers and sang hymns with Catherine.
"On Sunday mornings they drove to St Mary's Church in Willesden and thousands of people turned out to cheer him. Sometimes the crowds were so large that the couple went instead to St Andrew's Church in Kingsbury."
This Gladstone Festival follows on from the first summer play in 2006, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2007's production of Peer Gynt and last year's Treasure Island, whose authors will pen the script for this summer's production.
The project is being bankrolled by Awards for All Lottery Fund to allow BAC to hire Victorian costumes and a professional director and cast for amateaur thespians to join in bringing the Grand Old Man to life.
* To take part in the play, contact Brent Arts Council on 020 7837 5377 or 020 8452 8655 or e-mail email@example.com.