Tolethorpe Open Air Theatre

Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Rutland, PE9 4BH, United Kingdom
Telephone+44 01780 917240


The magic of Tolethorpe is something special which we highly recommend you experience for yourselves. Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful grounds in front of Tolethorpe Hall, 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 summer 2024 the Company will be performing William Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Jane Austen’s ‘Sense & Sensibility’ and George Farquhar’s ‘The Recruiting Officer’ and the talented Tolethorpe Youth Drama Theatre Makers will present ‘A Monster Calls’.

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 you can head inside and enjoy a meal in the dining rooms of historic Tolethorpe Hall.

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.

In 1992, East Midlands Tourist Board named the theatre “The Middle England Visitor Attraction of the Year”.

Prices range from £15-£22.


Monday-Thursday £18
Friday £19
Saturday £22
Saturday Matinee Adult £22
Saturday Matinee Child £15
Preview Nights £15

Opening Times

2023 performances begin on 6th June and run to 26th August

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

Contact Details

Tel (1): +44 01780 917240

Email: [email protected]


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