On the Rocks

Join us for an evening in the Prime Minister's Office for an evening of Shaw's biting wit in this political satire.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

In this political comedy from 1933, Shaw explores the nature of political systems from democracy to dictatorship. What is important to the people is "decent employment, food and drink, and they will follow any man strong enough to make them do anything". Shaw's usual witty observations about human nature confronted by political choices make us laugh uncomfortably whilst noting the events on the world stage at the time of writing. And now, perhaps?


Event ticket prices
  • Adult £24.00
    Standard adult advance ticket
  • Adult £22.50
    NT members in advance
  • Group £22.00
    10+ for one play
  • Group £21.00
    10+ for both plays
View admission charges
Shaw's Corner


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £7.75
Child N/A £3.85
Family N/A £23.25
Group Adult
Minimum group size 10
N/A £6.65
Group Child
Minimum group size 10
N/A £2.85

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
We suggest young children would not enjoy this play.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Entry kiosk in usual car park
What to bring and wear
Appropriate weather protection; a picnic; a torch; your own chair (no high backs please, as they interfere with others' views of the stage.
No wheelchair accessible toilet; during the plays, disabled parking in normal house car park (as opposed to nearby field) needs to be booked by calling the property on 01438 820307
Car parking is in a nearby field; lanes are unlit so bring a torch!


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
20 July 2018 18:00 - 21:30 Available
21 July 2018 18:00 - 21:30 Available
22 July 2018 18:00 - 21:30 Available

Contact Info

Christine Stevenson
Call 01438 821968

Upcoming events

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Fri 22 Jun 2018
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On the Rocks

Fri 20 Jul 2018
Join us for an evening in the Prime Minister's Office for an evening of Shaw's biting wit in this political satire.