Outdoor theatre this summer at Rufford Old Hall

An audience enjoying outdoor theatre

Make your summer one to remember. Pack a picnic and sit back for two unique twists on classic tales by William Shakespeare and Charlotte Brontë, all against the stunning backdrop of Rufford Old Hall's garden.

Prepare for the show

Each performance will take place on our Beech Walk Paddock, surrounded by beautiful trees and the gentle calm of the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? But while everyone knows us northerners are made of sterner stuff, it might get a little chilly in the evening so make sure you wear plenty of layers.

Seating is not provided, so we recommend bringing a comfortable blanket. We have toilet facilities, including an accessible toilet and baby changing station, and free parking will be available on-site for attendees. If you need to know anything else, just send us an email to ruffordoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Ticket holders are welcome to visit while the property is open between 10.30am-4.30pm and stay until the performance begins (please note the Beech Walk Paddock will be closed between 6-7pm).


For both performances, tickets are priced at £18 for adults, £11 for children and £11 for over 65s/unwaged.

Please note tickets cannot be purchased on the night, you must book in advance. Tickets can be booked online until midnight the day before the show.

Book your tickets
Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night - Friday 24 June 2022, 7pm 

Twelfth Night as you've never seen it before. Adapted for today's reality-tv focused audiences, this outdoor production keeps close enough to the Bard's to appeal to aficionados, but wraps up the themes of obsessive love and its subterfuges in a Love Island meets Big Brother package. We can't wait to welcome you back to the island to find out what has become of our couples.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre - Friday 1 July 2022, 7pm 

Step right up, ladies and gents, to Heartbreak Productions’ Carnival Spectacular – complete with astounding acrobats, jaw-dropping jugglers, and our very special guest – the death-defying escape artist Jane Eyre. Watch her wriggle out of five different tight corners, including everyone’s greatest fear – fire! Harrowing at times and heart-warming at others, this romantic tale will be brought to life in Rufford's colourful garden.

A large group of people sitting on camping chairs and blankets on a large lawn on a summery evening, with an outdoor theatre performance taking place in the distance

Missed out on tickets for Rufford's outdoor theatre? 

You're in luck. You can enjoy outdoor theatre at nearby Speke Hall in Liverpool this summer too. Get your tickets now for unique and special performances of Twelfth Night on 23 June, The Gunpowder Plot on 30 July and Much Ado About Nothing on 24 August.