The Summer 2021 season of outdoor theatre is already in full swing and we have some of the best places in Lincolnshire to visit namely Tolethorpe Hall, Belvoir Castle and Grimsthorpe Castle.
One of the pleasures of any summer season is a warm, sunny afternoon outdoors enjoying a picnic in the grounds of a historic house, before being treated to an evening of theatre. After a season of cancellations due to the pandemic now is the time to go out and enjoy the arts. Pack your picnic hamper with sandwiches and cakes, strawberries and cream, fill your thermos with tea and coffee (and perhaps take a chilled bottle of fizz). Get outdoors to celebrate and support the arts this summer.
Stamford Shakespeare Company at Tolethorpe Hall
Tolethorpe Hall has a number of exciting productions throughout June, July and August.
The Importance of Being Ernest
Oscar Wilde’s comedy masterpiece, set in the late Victorian era, is a fantastic comedy about social conventions and problematic romantic relationships. It is quite rightly considered to be one of the most well-known and well-loved English plays to have ever been written.
John Worthing, a carefree young gentleman, invents himself a sickly brother by the name ‘Ernest’ to allow him to leave his country home to travel to London to court a young lady whom he loves.
Written by Charlotte Jones, Humble Boy, set in the late 1990s, is a prize winning comedy, considered to be a modern-day version of Hamlet. It explores the difficulties of family life. Felix Humble returns to his Cotswold family home after the death of his father, only to find that his relationship with his mother is strained not only has she got rid of all of his fathers beloved possessions, she is also making plans to get married to her long-term lover.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
One of Shakespeare’s earlier plays Love’s Labour’s Lost is the story of King Ferdinand of Navarre who along with his three friends takes an oath to not spend time in the company of women – rather spending their time studying and fasting. Naturally, they each end up falling for beautiful women and break their oath.
Written by Dennis Kelly DNA, presented by Tolethorpe Youth Drama group, is the story of a group of teenagers involved in an accidental death. They attempt to cover up the death, only to find that the whole experience allows them to bond with each other deeply. The themes of bullying and peer pressure are explored in this poignant, funny, but dark story.
Grimsthorpe Castle hosts Boxtree Productions who will be performing a musical version of Alice in Wonderland on Thursday 12 August at 6pm-8pm.
Join Alice as she takes a perilous trip down the rabbit hole into a strange world of caterpillars, playing cards, tea parties and potions, where she could literally lose her head! There will be original musical compositions, colourful characters, costumes and comedy.
You are invited to bring a picnic and for the performance you can bring a blanket or a low-backed chair. The audience area will open from 5.00pm. Adult tickets £12, children £8.
For more information and to book tickets go to Grimsthorpe Castle.
Belvoir Castle hosts Heartbreak Productions who will be performing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald for two nights only on rescheduled dates of Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 August 2021.
Spend an evening at the wonderful Belvoir Estate, overlooking the magnificent Castle. Let Heartbreak Productions, with the help of the Nick Carraway jazz quartet, transport you back to the 1920’s to a time of parties, cocktails and dancing the Charleston. In the play Nick Carraway becomes friends with a mysterious Long Island millionaire by the name of Jay Gatsby who is obsessed with reuniting with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan.
Dress for the weather, bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Picnics are welcome and the Fuel Tank restaurant is also open. Gates open 5:30pm, performance 6:30pm-8:50pm. Free parking on the Belvoir Estate.
COVID-19 safety policies are in place at venues and we ask you to adhere to these rules to allow everyone to enjoy events safely. Please note that these events at each of the locations will go on regardless of weather. Cancellation only in the event of dangerous conditions.