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Shakespeare at Tolethorpe

 Information about the open air theatre close to Stamford

Click here for a map, showing location of Tolethorpe theatre, in relation to our self catering accommodation.


We are ideally situated for those looking for self catering accommodation close to the open air theatre at Tolethorpe, being within 3 miles of this fantastic stage.

Every summer more than 33,000 people from throughout the UK and from overseas attend the amateur Stamford Shakespeare Company's acclaimed summer Festival of plays in June, July and August at Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall. The 2009 festival will be the 33rd annual season.

Performances take place on an open air stage set in idyllic glade facing a 600-seat, raked, and permanently covered auditorium. The Stage newspaper 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.

Tolethorpe near Stamford


2010 season


This spell-binding and emotionally charged tale of deceit, sexual jealousy and betrayal begins with the mixed marriage between a middle-aged Moor and a young noble Venetian girl.  The play deals with the husband’s mental torments as doubt and suspicion are planted in his mind by the machinations of an ambitious, ruthless and jealous subordinate – Iago – one of Shakespeare’s greatest villains. Othello, which ranks with the tragedies of Hamlet and King Lear, has arguably the best plot, with poetry second to none.


One of Shakespeare’s darker romantic comedies, exposing the dangers posed to love and friendship by deception, gossip and jealousy.  We follow the paths of two love affairs:  one a vibrant mixture of tough-minded independence, the other threatened by villainy.  The bright “skirmish of wit” between Beatrice and Benedick contrasts with the dark malevolence of Don John and the dim foolishness of Dogberry in this captivating play.


The classic BBC TV comedy series of the Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea who battle against the Germans and local ARP Warden Hodges comes to the Tolethorpe stage in three hilarious comedies by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.
Adapted for the stage, The Deadly Attachment, Mum’s Army and The Godiva Affair, have all the well-loved characters including: “Stupid boy” Pike, “Don’t panic, don’t panic” Jonesey, “We’re all doomed!” Fraser, “May I be excused, sir?” Godfrey, and all under the command of the redoubtable Captain Mainwaring and his effacing deputy Sergeant Wilson

Performance Times:
Evening performance - 8pm start
Matinée performance - 1.30pm start

Seat Prices:
£11 (Monday/Tuesday), £12 (Wednesday/Thursday), £14 (Friday), £16 (Saturday)
£9 (Preview Nights - 7&8 June, 15&16 June, 6&7 July).
Matinée - Adult £10, Child £6


All information taken from the Tolethorpe website