Outdoor theatre at East Riddlesden Hall

Audience members watching an outdoor theatre performance

The Lord Chamberlain's Men, the UK's premier all male theatre company - with direct links to the history of William Shakespeare - invite you to join them this summer for the breathless and brilliant tragedy, Macbeth.

Ever-popular outdoor theatre returns this year with a performance of Shakespear’s most infamous play, Macbeth, on Wednesday 18 August, set across the dramatic backdrop of East Riddlesden Hall.

                                                    “By the pricking of my thumbs,
                                                 Something wicked this way comes.”

Emerging victorious and decorated in war Macbeth receives a thrilling pronouncement from three weird sisters who prophesy he will one day be King of Scotland. Overcome by ambition and driven on by his powerful wife, Macbeth murders the king and sets in motion a terrible sequence of events from which there is no turning back.

                                      “It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.”

A play of supernatural magic, vaulting ambition and an examination of the dreadful consequences of the insatiable lust for power. With Shakespeare’s most chilling power couple and truly stirring poetry this stunning play will keep you gripped.

Bring a chair and a sun hat and prepare to be entertained and transported watching Shakespeare as he first saw it performed; in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. Book early to avoid missing out!

With the gates open at 6pm you have a full hour to relax on the fields before the performance starts at 7pm and ending at about 9pm. Bring your hampers, deck chairs and blankets, and enjoy watching this tale unfold as the sun sets on this 17th century manor house.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform as an authentic all-male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance so you can feel transported back in time in the historic and dramatic setting of East Riddlesden Hall.

Children are welcome, but we ask that if they find Shakespeare a little difficult for them that they remain supervised and quiet. This is an authentic performance without microphones so it is important everyone can hear and enjoy the story.

We ask that you leave your dogs at home for the performance as the temptation of so many picnics may be too much. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at eastriddlesdenhall@nationaltrust.org.uk.