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Rutland Open Air Theatre

Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford PE9 4BH, England
01780 754381
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Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Stamford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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English first
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I visited this summer with my elderly in laws and my two teenage daughters, so all ages covered. It had been some years since my last visit. Had a meal first in the house which was fairly traditional and not the best value but ok and then watched the performance. This is somethings definitely worth doing, the surrounding are fantastic,... More 

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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146 reviews 146 reviews
46 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Always visit a few times during The Season. Consistently high levels of performance coupled with superb surroundings a charming staff. Summer wood not be summer without The Bard and Tolethorpe.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was my first shakespeare at Tolethorpe although not my first visit. As always the setting made sure the evening started well. It is so compact and close to the action and the set allows entry/exit from multiple strategic points. The permanent features have been well planned to be versatile and the portable scenery is always of a high standard.... More 

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Bourne, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

WOW! What a magical experience! This was my first visit to Rutland Open Air Theatre and I am about to book again for Taming of the Shrew next week! The production was mesmerising and the setting fabulous. All together a thoroughly wonderful evening:-)

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I was lucky enough to be taken to the Stamford Shakespeare Open Air Theatre at Tolethorpe House by a Rutland based friend and what a wonderful experience it was. We had wanted to see a Shakespearian production but on the date of our visit they were performing Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Their production of these classic... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

An absolutely brilliant production of the Taming of the Shrew at Tolethorpe tonight! Outstanding performances by Petruchio and Katherina, and a wonderful 1950s set with lambrettas etc. Pure professionalism by all concerned as the cast battled against torrential rain. Easily the best performance we've seen at Tolethorpe (and we've seen many!)

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Stamford, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Shakespeare in the open air. What more could you ask for. Oh yes, shelter if it rains and it has that too.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Set in Italy in the 1950s, this Dean Martin era production is inspired. Fantastic lead performances and period incidental music create a vibrant show with plenty of laughs. Shakespeare would have been delighted. A picnic before in the lovely grounds of Tolethorpe manor and this makes a perfect English summer evening entertainment. Catch it if you can. AR

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Must go to this amazing theatre in a beautiful garden. Under cover seating, take a picnic for beforehand, and rugs for chilly knees. Ultra-professional actors and staging, at a bargain price, with terrific atmosphere. Better still, take a party!

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I had high expectations for this years offering as previous visits and the reputation of Tolethorpe is very good but I was sadly disappointed. From the opening scene I had a horrible feeling it wasn't going to go well. Very uncommitted acting with really poor direction and weak singing. Afraid to say we left at the interval as we all... More 

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