Stamford Shakespeare Company – Rutland Open Air Theatre – Tolethorpe Hall

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


The magic of Tolethorpe is something special which we highly recommend you experience for yourselves. Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful grounds, then take your seat, protected from summer showers, and see an open-air stage like no other with amateur productions from the extremely talented Stamford Shakespeare Company.

Throughout the summer 2022 the Company will be performing Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Agatha Christie’s ‘Spiders Web’, Noel Coward’s ‘Hay Fever’ and the talented Tolethorpe Youth Drama Theatre Makers present ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding.

Performances take place on an open air stage set within an enchanting woodland glade facing a 600-seat, raked, and permanently covered auditorium. The Stage newspaper described it as “one of England’s premier alfresco theatre venues” and The Sunday Times described a visit here as being “one of the finest things to do this summer”. In addition to the recognised high standard of performances the theatre is known for the quality of all its facilities, making it one of the finest open air theatres in Europe.

Many visitors really go to town on their pre-performance picnic, but if you prefer to head in-doors, enjoy a meal in the dining rooms of historic Tolethorpe Hall (pre-booking essential).


Romeo & Juliet; It’s the summer of 2020 and a group of unsuspecting tourists gather at a rather special place in Verona. Suddenly, time shifts to the Early Renaissance and, before us, unfolds the greatest love story ever told. Shakespeare’s immortal tale of star-crossed lovers, whose forbidden love is cut tragically short by the uncompromising hostility of their two families, endures through history. It is charged with passion, bloody revenge, bawdy comedy, thrilling swordplay and, of course, some of the most beautiful language ever written.

Hay Fever: Noel Coward’s wonderful play is set in the 1920s and full of brilliant prose and scintillating wit. David Bliss, a novelist, and his wife Judith, a retired actress, are hoping for a relaxing weekend in the country with some guests. However, unbeknownst to them, their high-spirited children, Simon and Sorel, have invited guests of their own. A houseful of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare in this hilarious comedy.

Spider’s Web: A comedy whodunnit from the ‘Queen of Crime’. Clarissa Hailsham-Brown, wife of a diplomat, is adept at spinning tales of adventure, but when a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds real life drama much harder to cope with. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband arrives with an important politician, she enlists the help of her guests. Hilarity ensues when they are interrupted by the arrival of wry Detective Inspector Lord. The play contains tension and laughter in equal measure in an intricate tale of murder, police, drug addicts, invisible ink, hidden doorways and secret drawers.

TYD Theatre Makers: Lord of the Flies: The classic and powerful story of a group of schoolchildren’s abandonment on a desert island, which gradually descends into a savage fight for survival.


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.

Prices range from £13-£21.


Monday-Thursday £16
Friday £18
Saturday £21
Saturday Matinee Adult £21
Saturday Matinee Child £14
Preview Nights £13

Opening Times

2022 performances begin on 7th June and run to 27th August

Tuesday – Saturday evening performance time begins at 19:45
Saturday matinee begins at 13:30

Contact Details

Tel (1): +44 01780 756133

Email: [email protected]


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