Tolethorpe History

Tolethorpe Hall has origins going back 800 years to the early 11th century when the first manor house was built on the site by a Norman family who came over from France after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The setting of the hall overlooking classic English parkland in attractive Rutland countryside has changed little over centuries.

The gentle River Gwash flows gently by providing water for the historic mill built in the early 18th century on the site of a previous mill recorded in the Domesday book. The mill, just 200 yards from the hall, was part of the Tolethorpe estate until 1967.

Early nineteenth century country poet, John Clare, is said to have walked with his girlfriend from Great Casterton to Ryhall along the banks of the river on summer evenings after a day working at the lime kilns in Pickworth..




STAMFORD SHAKESPEARE
SEASON 2017

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 ONLINE

When the box office is open you can...

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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DINING AT
TOLETHORPE HALL

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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WHAT OUR VISITORS SAY

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

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

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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"
Elizabeth

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

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