Peter Rabbit and friends to entertain during summer theatre season at Tatton's Old Hall | Knutsford Times

Peter Rabbit and friends to entertain during summer theatre season at Tatton’s Old Hall

By on June 7, 2013

As You Like It imageVariety is the order of the day at the Old Hall this summer. From ‘The Tales of Peter Rabbit’  to Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like it’  to ‘Babe the Sheep Pig’ there is something for everyone in this year’s summer theatre season.

For lovers of Beatrix Potter ‘The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends’ on Sunday 23rd June will be an absolute treat. This is a unique Quantum Theatre production perfect for the outdoor setting of Tatton Park’s Old Hall.

Peter Rabbit knows very well that he is not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden, especially as it was there that his father met his untimely end and was put into a pie! But Peter cannot resist, and after several nasty scrapes Peter finally escapes home to a severe telling-off from his mother and early to bed. Using live music the production promises a magical afternoon for young and old alike taking them back to the tales of their childhood in a show designed to appeal to all the family.

On 14th July Illyria Outdoor Theatre will be presenting Shakespeare’s ultimate romantic comedy, ‘As You Like It’. A light-hearted romp which will appeal to rom-com lovers and Shakespeare devotees alike.

Four people each find their perfect soul mates in the Forest of Arden. One pair leap straight into bed, another are instantly struck by each other’s beauty, the third tease each other endlessly – while the fourth enjoy a courtship that is so witty and playful that Love itself is stretched to the limit. But pitted against political intrigue, multiple disguises and overwhelming cynicism, there can only be one possible outcome: Love, of course, wins. With its many pearls of wisdom, easy-to-follow plot and gloriously happy ending this is not only one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays but also the perfect comedy for a summer’s evening.

On August 18th, the Old Hall provides the backdrop for another Illyria production, ‘Babe the Sheep-pig’ by Dick King-Smith (adapted by David Wood) which will appeal to a family audience, with its endearing story about a resourceful piglet.

Farmer Hoggett wins a piglet at the fair – and everyone knows what fate awaits piglets raised on a farm. Adopted by Fly the sheepdog, Babe develops his own methods of herding sheep using politeness instead of barking orders, and even saves the flock from being stolen by sheep rustlers. But Farmer Hoggett is a hard man to please – so when Babe is entered for the county sheep dog trials he is going to need Fly’s help, all his wits, and as much politeness as he can muster if he is going to get the sheep to co-operate, win the trials, and save his life.

Mick Ricketts, Old Hall supervisor, said of this year’s Summer Theatre Season: “Illyria are one of my favourite theatre companies. They have lots of energy and enthusiasm coupled with a unique but authentic take on Shakespeare. Quantum Theatre, despite being new to Tatton, has a reputation that goes before them and I think that the backdrop of the atmospheric Old Hall will complement their productions of Peter Rabbit  nicely.”

Theatre at the Old Hall 2013

Booking in advance essential on 01625 374400 for all bookings.

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends: Matinee Theatre Performance

Sunday, June 23

Adult £11, child £7, family £32 (2 adults, 2 children). Starts at 3pm, outside at the Old Hall.  

As You Like It: Illyria Outdoor Theatre at the Old Hall

Sunday, July 14

Adult £11, child £7, family £32 (2 adults, 2 children).  Starts at 6.30pm, outside at the Old Hall.

Babe the Sheep-pig by Dick King-Smith: Illyria Outdoor Theatre at the Old Hall

Saturday, August 18th

Adult £11, child £7, family £32 (2 adults, 2 children).  Starts 3pm outside at the Old Hall.

Theatre-goers are asked to bring their own low-backed chair, rug and picnic for outdoor performances and dress warmly.  Performances will go ahead whatever the weather (safety permitting).

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