Plays for 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Four runaway lovers must spend the night in a dark and ominous wood. Meanwhile, in a nearby glade, humble workmen are rehearsing a play. They encounter the parallel universe of fairies, goblins and sprites, where all is not well between the fairy King and Queen, whose quarrel spills over into the mortal world.

The mischievous ‘sorcerer’s apprentice’ Puck is charged with putting matters right with a love potion that makes anyone fall in love with the first person they see. What can possibly go wrong?

This is a traditional Elizabethan production of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy.


Much Ado About Nothing 

In Shakespeare’s funniest comedy, battle-weary heroes return from the First World War with their thoughts turning to romance.

Benedick and Beatrice are “horribly in love”; they mock each other, feign disinterest and hurl insults until they are duped into declaring their true feelings.

Meanwhile, the dastardly Don John and his comical sidekicks plot to scupper any romances. Can the incompetent WPC Dogberry and the riotous ladies of ‘the watch’ foil their plans?

From the directors of 2013’s hit The Comedy of Errors, this hilarious production is full of witty love-duelling, comic villains and crazy chases.


Hobson’s Choice

The hilarious trials and tribulations of bombastic boot-shop owner Henry Horatio Hobson and his three uppity daughters in 1880’s Salford.

When Hobson teases his eldest, and most headstrong, daughter Maggie about being past the marrying age, she promptly retaliates by marrying his best boot-hand, Willie Mossop, and setting up a rival shop. Hobson’s future looks uncertain. As a battle of wills ensues between father and daughter, can the hapless Willie triumph?

This timeless tale never fails to amuse and entertain in equal measure.


Performance Times:

Evening performance – 7.45pm start
Matinée performance – 1.30pm start

Seat Prices:

£14.00 (Monday/Thursday), £16.00 (Friday), £19.00 (Saturday)
£11.00 (Preview Nights – 6/7 June, 13/14 June, 4/5 July)
Matinée – Adult £19.00, Child £12.00

(see How To Book for more info)

Book for all three plays AT THE SAME TIME and get £2.00 off each ticket. (Monday to Friday only) Season tickets are not available online, to claim this discount please call the box office 01780 756133


One of Europe's finest open air theatres

The Stamford Shakespeare Company present an annual season of plays in June, July and August at Rutland Open Air Theatre in the grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall.

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Book tickets 24 hours a day on our secure online box office. Alternatively, call the box office on 01780 756133 (9.30am-8pm, Mon-Sat)

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Making the most of your theatre night out

Enjoy a pre-performance buffet meal in the charming dining rooms of historic Tolethorpe Hall. You can choose from a varied selection of starters, carved meats, fresh fish, savoury flans and salads.

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"I laughed all the way through. A very uplifting experience. Tom jones"

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"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the matinee performance of Romeo and Juliet."

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"I have been a huge fan of Tolethorpe for many years and last nights performance of Henry V was outstandingly good"

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"We hugely enjoyed our evening including a rattling good performance of Hamlet."
Richard Todd OBE

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