The Tempest – open air Theatre
Tolethorpe’s beautiful gladed stage is the perfect setting for what was possibly Shakespeare’s last play and gives us a dramatist at the height of his creative and poetic power. A magical, mystical tale of a remote island, of shipwrecks and a lost kingdom, of spirits and monsters, of true love and revenge, of conspirators and clowns. At its centre is the towering figure of Prospero – a reflection perhaps of Shakespeare himself?
Every summer more than 34,500 people from throughout the UK and from overseas attend the amateur Stamford Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed summer season of plays in June, July and August at Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall. The 2016 season will be the 40th annual season.
Performances take place on an open air stage set in idyllic glade facing a 600-seat, raked, and permanently covered auditorium. The Stagenewspaper named it one of England’s premier alfresco theatre venues. 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.
Evening performance – 7.45pm start
Matinée performance – 1.30pm start
£13.00 (Monday/Thursday), £15.00 (Friday), £18.00 (Saturday)
£10.00 (Preview Nights – 7 & 8 June, 14 & 15 June, 5 & 6 July).
Matinée – Adult £13.00 Child £7.50
(see How To Book for more info)