Outdoor Theatre: 'Awful Auntie' by David Walliams

Join us on the lawn for this open-air family theatre performance and drama workshop (for ages 6-11 years)

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

The new playground at the Saxby Hall Orphanage is finally complete, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.

The orphanage was founded by Stella Saxby, whom some of you may remember. Her parents were killed in a car crash in 1933, leaving her an orphan, all alone with her Awful Auntie. And when we say awful, we mean awful. Aunt Alberta and her best friend Wagner, a vicious Bavarian owl, tried everything they could to torment Stella into signing over the deed to Saxby Hall. But Stella, with the help of her friend Soot (the ghost of a chimney sweep, but friends come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they?) fought off Aunt Alberta, saved Saxby Hall, and gifted the beautiful Saxby Hall to be used as an orphanage.

Awful Auntie by David Walliams, adapted for the outdoor stage by Heartbreak Productions, is a truly thrilling tale. Owls, ghosts, chases, escapes, motorcycle rides, and tiddlywinks all fill Stella’s days as she evades her menacing Aunt and saves the family home. So, please join us at the dedication of the new playground at Saxby Hall and hear how it all came about. Make sure you bring a blanket or chair to sit on, weather-appropriate gear, and a picnic, as the tale could take some time to tell, and storytelling can be hungry work!

There will also be a dram workshop for 6-11 year olds before the performance (4-5.3pm)

Prices

Event ticket prices
  • Adult £13.00
  • Child £10.00
    (under 18's)
  • Concession £11.00
View admission charges
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

Prices

Whole property from 1st March 2022
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £14.30 £13.00
Child £7.20 £6.50
Family £35.80 £32.50
Family one adult £21.50 £19.50
Group Adult N/A £12.50
Group Child N/A £6.00

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
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

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:

  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 Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Free entry for National Trust members.

The basics

Booking details
Call 01805 624624
Suitability
Accompanied children are welcome.
Meeting point
This event will take place on the lawn in front of the House.
What to bring and wear
Please bring a picnic blanket or chairs, food and drink welcome. Please dress appropriately for the weather, this is an outdoor event.
Other
More info and FAQ are on the plough arts centre website.

Contact Info

Name
Plough Arts Centre
Email
arlingtoncourt@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01805 624624

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