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Ladies: Mr Darcy comes to Tatton Park!

By on June 23, 2010

Illyria’s production of Jane Austen’s classic is the last of a summer season of open air theatre in the grounds of the atmospheric Old Hall.

Having long established itself as one of the leading venues for outdoor theatre, the Old Hall hosts four fantastic productions this summer. Renowned international touring company Illyria bring Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet and James and the Giant Peach, to life in the grounds and celebrated Shakespeare theatre company Theatre Set Up, present The Merchant of Venice* in the Great Hall of the Tudor building (sold out *).

Shakespeare’s classic love story and Jane Austen’s romantic page-turner cannot fail to melt the hardest of hearts. Families will be spell-bound by this new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved ‘fairy tale’, by David Wood, and if you’re intrigued by Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, read the play, as we’re already sold out!

Mick Ricketts, Old Hall Steward commented “The Old Hall is a fantastic setting for theatre. The striking backdrop lends itself to dramatic Shakespearean scenes and the leafy grounds will be transformed by Dahl’s magical story.  There’s a great variety of family performances this season – so bring your children along for some high culture and comic capers!”

Theatre Set Up: The Merchant of Venice – Saturday 3rd July
Illyria Open Air Theatre: James and the Giant Peach – Sunday 4th July, Roald Dahl’s much loved classic is brought to the open-air stage.  James is an orphan who is sent to live with his two terrible aunts.  But when the peach tree in the garden sprouts a single peach which grows and grows and grows, James remarkable adventure begins!  David Wood’s adaptation captures all the fun and excitement of this superb classic.

Commences 3pm OUTSIDE at the Old Hall.  Adults £10, Child £7

Illyria Open Air Theatre: Romeo and Juliet – Sat 14th August
The Montagues and Capulets are at war with one another.  When Monatgue’s son falls in love with Capulet’s daughter at a party a chain reaction of events is set in motion which has a devastating conclusion.  lllyria’s production was Critic’s Choice in Edinburgh, attracted 5 star reviews in Canada and received a nomination for Best of Fringe in Vancouver.

Commences 6.30pm OUTSIDE at the Old Hall.  Adult £10, Child £7.

Illyria Open Air Theatre: Pride and Prejudice – Saturday 4th September
In a social whirlwind of balls, dinners and very eligible officers, Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy stand alone as the only sane people – and they hate each other!  Or do they?  Can she see beyond his pride, and can he overcome her prejudice in order to achieve their mutual happiness?  Bring a picnic and have a ball as the irrepressible Illyria sharpen their claws to bring you Jane Austen at her vibrant, pacy, bitchy best!

Commences 6.30pm OUTSIDE at the Old Hall.  Adult £10, Child £7

———– Booking Essential – call 01625 374400 for all bookings ———–

  • Please bring your 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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