Summer Outdoor Theatre

Actors from the Lord Chamberlain's Company

See Shakespeare's play performed to the very highest standard, in the way the Bard first envisioned...with an all-male cast, traditional costume and Elizabethan song and dance.

In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s sparkling, battle-of-the-sexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.

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Triumphant in battle, Don Pedro and his men return to Messina. The Governor, Leonato, toasts their success by throwing a masquerade ball where well-intentioned plots and evil schemes abound as enemies deceive lovers and friends trick friends in this lively summer comedy.

“Friendship is constant in all other things,
Save in the office and affairs of love.”

Locked together in a ‘merry war’ Benedick, a confirmed bachelor and Beatrice, an avowed maid are resolutely set against marriage. However their friends have a plan. Their ‘will-they-won’t-they’ relationship is one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most famous love stories.

The Lord Chamberlain's Men a leaping.
The Lord Chamberlain's Men
The Lord Chamberlain's Men a leaping.

“They never meet but there’s a skirmish of wit between them!”

Bring a chair and a picnic and spend a glorious summer’s evening watching this funny, moving and fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Performed in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costume, music and dance, this is undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets of the summer.

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Upcoming events

Willow bird feeders

Sat 24 Mar 2018
Give nature a helping hand and make your own bird feeder to take home.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Join us over the Easter weekend for the popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. This year you'll be following a nature trail and searching high and low for clues in the garden.

Easter traditions

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Have you ever wassailed an apple tree? Join us to learn more about this traditional celebration of prosperity.

An Anglo-Saxon experience

Sun 08 Apr 2018
Join us this Easter to take a step back in time to the fifth century and learn what life was like for the Anglo-Saxons who once walked the grounds here.

Meet the gardener

Tue 17 Apr 2018
Take a stroll with our head gardener and learn about the organic gardening principles that we use to keep the gardens looking at their best.

Behind the scenes conservation tour

Sat 05 May 2018
Would you like to experience the morning ritual of opening up this 400 year old house? Join us for a true behind the scenes look. This experience would make the perfect gift.