Stamford Shakespeare Company – Rutland Open Air Theatre – Tolethorpe Hall

Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Rutland, PE9 4BH, United Kingdom


Last summer more than 34,000 people experienced the magic of a visit to this unique venue. Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful grounds, then take your seat, protected from summer showers, and see a stage like no other.

This year, the Company is celebrating its golden anniversary. Work currently taking place includes an exciting revamp of the bar, restaurant and orangery which will celebrate the past 50 years. There will be costume and photo displays, exhibitions of the Company’s history and much more.

Incredibly, the 2018 season will see ticket sales hit one million since the Company began performing at Tolethorpe Hall. The lucky patron who buys the millionth ticket will win a free meal/picnic, a signed programme, a bottle of champagne, a backstage tour, free SSC merchandise and free membership of the SSC Friend’s scheme, which is being launched in 2018. An exciting countdown has begun to announcing the winner on Shakespeare’s birthday – 23rd April.

Throughout the summer (12th June – 1st September) the Company will be performing three productions, two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Merchant of Venice and Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic comedy The School for Scandal.

Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor features the hilarious antics of the roguish Sir John Falstaff as he plots to seduce two ‘merry wives’. This production is set in 1947, a time of austerity and optimism, when women are finding a new role in post-war Britain and musicians at the Garter Inn are playing 40’s jazz.

The Merchant of Venice is a remarkable play, with its explorations of prejudice, love, justice, and the power of money. At the heart of the story stands Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, one of Shakespeare’s greatest and most complex characters.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic comedy The School for Scandal sparkles with wit, verbal brilliance and an intricate plot exposing the lives and loves of fashionable London society. Can anyone escape the outrageous gossip of, amongst others, the aptly named Benjamin Backbite, Lady Sneerwell, Mrs Candour and Snake?

Make sure you don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience to enjoy great theatre in a stunning and unique Rutland setting.  Discover the Stamford Shakespeare Company at Tolethorpe this summer.


ADULT PRICE 2017 £14 to £14

Opening Times

Sunday: Open
Monday: 19:45 – …
Tuesday: 19:45 – …
Wednesday: 19:45 – …
Thursday: 19:45 – …
Friday: 19:45 – …
Saturday: 13:30 – …, 19:45 – …

Date From: 12/06/2020

Contact Details

Tel (1): +44 01780 756133

Email: [email protected]