Stamford Shakespeare Company – Rutland Open Air Theatre – Tolethorpe Hall

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


Unfortunately there will be no performances in 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Every summer more than 34,000 people experience 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.

Throughout the summer (9th June – 29th August 2020) the Company will be performing three productions, two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Romeo & Juliet, plus Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

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 buffet meal in the dining rooms of historic Tolethorpe Hall (pre-booking essential).


Love’s Labour’s Lost; Shakespeare’s most stylish comedy is set in Navarre in the 17th Century when learning and the ‘new science’ were all the rage. Four noblemen swear an oath to study for three years and to give up wine, women and song, but when a beautiful Princess and her retinue of vivacious ladies arrives, the consequences are hilarious.

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.

The Importance of Being Earnest; Widely considered one of the funniest plays in the English language, Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece, set in the late Victorian era, contains some of theatre’s most celebrated characters along with sparkling dialogue rich in witticisms.


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 – …

Contact Details

Tel (1): +44 01780 756133

Email: [email protected]


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