Summer of content for theatre-lovers… Open-air events at Wentworth Woodhouse

21st June 2018

It’s going to be a summer of content for theatre-lovers at Wentworth Woodhouse…

The magnificent stately home in Rotherham is staging three magical midsummer nights of outdoor theatre.

Performances  by Chapterhouse Theatre Company, one of the most successful and critically acclaimed touring companies in the country, will be held on the  lawns with the Grade I listed house as the stunning backdrop.

Now in its 19th year of bringing open-air theatre to  country houses, castles and heritage sites across the UK and Ireland, Chapterhouse’s actors will perform their flagship production of Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Wednesday June 27.

Audiences will be whisked away on a journey to magical forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players.

Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful musical score and enchanting woodland creatures come together to make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre.

On Thursday July 5 Chapterhouse’s troupe will return with their version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Billed as one of the must-see productions of the summer, the scene is set deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside. But a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective.

When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning tale of romance and suspense.

An adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility could not have a more fitting setting than Wentworth Woodhouse, the scene of many a soiree – and probably a romance or two – during Austen’s Georgian era.

The period drama, on Thursday August 30, sees Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society. Adapted by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this exquisite and lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.

As condensed adaptations of these classic literary works play out, audiences can tuck into picnics and enjoy an outdoor bar in a family-friendly atmosphere.

“Our outdoor theatre nights will be great fun, family events. We’re delighted to be hosting them with Chapterhouse,  one of the best touring theatre companies in the UK,” said Sarah McLeod, CEO of the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, which took over the house, its gardens, stables and riding school in 2017 to preserve the site for the nation.

All performances start at 7.30pm. Gates open at 6.30pm and audIences are welcome to bring low-backed chairs, rugs and picnic baskets. Tickets cost £16 for adults and £10 for children. A family pass costs £46 for two adults and two children.

There is also a two for one offer running – book for two different performances and pay just £20 for an adult ticket. Tickets are available from Wentworth Woodhouse on 01226 351161 and via the following links :