Thespians from the Stamford Shakespeare Company are getting ready for the 36th season of drama at Tolethorpe Hall.
This year Stamford Shakespeare Company will be performing A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Comedy of Errors and Dad’s Amy: The Lost Episodes at the Rutland Open Air Theatre in the grounds of Tolethorpe Hall.
Last year the company’s productions attracted more than 34,000 people.
The season opens on June 4 with the two Shakespeare plays, set in the grounds of the Elizabethan home.
Stamford Shakespeare Company marketing manager Steve Whittaker, who is directing Dad’s Army, said: “Everything is in full swing with rehearsals, the sets are starting to be built and the costume department is all up and running.”
He said the company is looking forward to offering two of Shakespeare’s comedies.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set on the night of the solstice at dusk and breaks down the barriers between the human and fairy world. A dazzling blend of wit, farce and fantasy that forms the outrageous comedy of this shimmering play is littered with characters who are household names.
The Comedy of Errors is a hilarious tale of mistaken identities in a fast and frenetic romp set in the Ephesus Grand Hotel in the midst of the roaring twenties.
Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes is based on four comedies from the BBC series, two of which were never filmed by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.
The stories have been adapted for the Tolethorpe stage and include A Stripe for Frazer, Sgt Wilson’s Little Secret, Operation Kilt and Under Fire with all the favourite characters including Pike, and captain Mainwaring.
Mr Whittaker said: “Ticket sales have been going really well and we are even up on where we were at this time last year.
“We just need the sun to come out now so everyone can get in the mood for some outdoor theatre.”
Come rain or shine the productions will go ahead in the 600-seat auditorium with comfortable seating protected by a permanent canopy.
Tickets cost £13 Monday to Thursday, £15 on Fridays and £18 on Saturday, matinee £13.
To book tickets call 01780 756133 or visit www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk