Live at Lyme

In partnership with the National Trust and Trust New Art, Creative Industries Trafford is producing a series of new theatre commissions for 'Live at Lyme,' a season of exciting new events taking place at Lyme throughout September.

Exploring Thomas Legh's life

During 'Live at Lyme,' you can see new work focusing on the life of Thomas Legh, who loved and developed Lyme during the Regency era. The season premieres a host of new work from some of the region's most innovative theatre makers, with unique performances that blend theatre with animation, puppetry and music, to tell fascinating stories of Thomas Legh and the people that shaped his life. Uncover the shocking abduction of Ellen Turner (Thomas's first wife) by a fortune hunter, hear about the reality of the Regency from the servant' perspective and delight in a stunning menagerie of tropical animal puppets as they parade through the garden!

There will be no added costs for these events, just house and/or garden admission applies. NT members and under 5s free.

The Magnificent Menagerie of Mrs Strange 9 September and 1 October - 11.30 - 15.00 (main procession starts at 14.00)

The Strange Train Company brings a visual delight to Lyme’s garden with puppets representing tropical beasts, inspired by this popular form of Regency entertainment. Who knows if you’ll see a giraffe by Reflection Lake or an ostrich in Killtime Ravine!

Trust New Art at Lyme 2017 - The Strange Train Company
Trust New Art at Lyme 2017 - The Strange Train Company

The View from Outside 10, 16 and 17 September

Interact with servants in and around the house as they prepare for their master, Thomas Legh’s, 21st birthday celebrations. Thomas, however, was absent as he was in quarantine after travelling through plague-infested lands! These never-seen before pieces have been created by Sarah Richardson.

Trust New Art at Lyme 2017 - The View from Outside - Sarah Richardson
Trust New Art at Lyme 2017 - The View from Outside - Sarah Richardson

Letters at Lyme 16, 17 and 30 September, 11.30 - 16.30

Local writer and producer Mark Croasdale will be celebrating two popular art forms of the Regency – the crossed letter and Commedia Dell’Arte. He will bring the story of Thomas to life with these vibrant artistic approaches.

Trust New Art at Lyme 2017 - Mark Croasdale
Trust New Art at Lyme 2017 - Mark Croasdale

Legends of Lyme 30 September and 1 October 12.00 - 16.00

enJOY Arts will tell the stories of the women in Thomas’s life, including his mother Sarah Glave, his first wife Ellen Turner - who was twenty years his junior, his daughter Ellen Jane, and his second wife Maud Lowther. These musical performances by an all-female ensemble will add colour and vibrancy to the house.

Trust New Art at Lyme 2017 - Enjoy Arts performer
Trust New Art at Lyme 2017 - Enjoy Arts performer

Theft of a Girl 23 and 24 September

Exploring the fascinating case of the abduction of Ellen Turner before she married Thomas Legh, Dangerous to Know unveil an intimate and atmospheric performance, examining how women were viewed during the Regency and how this resonates today.

Trust New Art at Lyme 2017 - Dangerous to Know
Trust New Art at Lyme 2017 - Dangerous to Know

We are thrilled to be working with Trust New Art and Creative Industries Trafford with the prospect of a very exciting September on the horizon!

For times, dates and locations of the various performance events please head to the 'Whats On' section of our website.