New season at Tolethorpe opens

Comedy of Errors, Stamford Shakespeare
Comedy of Errors, Stamford Shakespeare

Rutland Open Air Theatre’s summer season of performances opens tomorrow come rain or shine.

The first of three plays by Stamford Shakespeare Company is The Comedy of Errors, an hilarious tale of mistaken identities set in the Ephesus Grand Hotel in the midst of the roaring twenties.

It can be seen from tomorrow until Saturday, June 8, then June 17-22; July 1-6 and July 15-20.

Despite the unseasonable wet weather organisers are undeterred.

Marketing director Steve Whittaker said: “No performance is ever cancelled because of the rain. The audience are under cover on padded seats, it is only the actors who are out in the conditions and we keep going no matter what the weather.”

The theatre is set in the grounds of the historic Tolethorpe Hall. Picnics can be enjoyed on the lawn and buffet meals and pre-ordered ready-prepared picnics will be available. On wet days the Orangery will be opened up.

Also being staged is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be performed from June 11-15; June 24-29; July 29-31; August 1-3 and August 12-17 and Dad’s Army - The Lost Episodes can be seen from July 9-13; July 22-27 August 5-10; August 19-24 and August 29-31.

Tickets cost £13 Monday to Thursday, £15 on Fridays and £18 on Saturday, matinee £13.

For more visit www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk or call 01780 756133.