Rutland Open Air Theatre

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AlfieStar180
Stamford, UK9 contributions
We also went to see Alice in wonderland on the preview night like the previous comment. However I felt I must say that although there was one or two hiccups, I did not feel that it was anywhere as bad as the previous comment portrayed. I found the overall performance very enjoyable. Alice stood out for me. On a preview night you expect that there may be some small mistakes , as that, after all, is why the company offer a reduction on the ticket price for these nights.

We too are regulars and very much are looking forward to the remaining two shows.
Written June 9, 2014
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AnneSTringer
Oakham, UK3 contributions
Friends
We had a wonderful evening at the preview to Alice. The rain held off, so we were able to have a lovely picnic in the grounds - phew! And the performance was brilliant. I remember listening to the Alice stories as a child on cassette tapes (yes I am that old!) and I am pleased to say that this production is very close to the original stories. I found myself joining in on the jabberwocky and the Walrus and the Carpenter. It brought back lovely memories. The production came up with some great ideas for representing Alice's dream-world and the actors were great - The Mad Hatter was probably my favourite! Well done on a great performance.
Written June 14, 2014
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Samantha P
Bourne, England, United Kingdom18 contributions
Solo
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:-)
Written August 15, 2014
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FarAwayFromHome
Maidenhead, UK233 contributions
Friends
As a regular visitor over the years to Tolethorpe it pains me to write a negative review although not as much as it pained me to sit through last nights performance of Alice in Wonderland. I've always been so impressed at how the company lift themselves so highly above amateur status but quite frankly this production rates as more a school production with great costumes & scenery. With little pace, & the technical contributions often out of time with the performance, one might argue that you should forgive it on what was still night 2 of its run. But nothing could prepare you for the musical contribution where the cast were out of time & out of tune; acutely awkward to sit through. Add to that technical effects which simply didn't work - strobe lights in day light, bodged lighting, strange use of projection & smoke - all added to the pickle. Alice herself gave a capable performance & Tweedledee & dum were entertaining but all in all there was is nothing I can say to redeem this performance. I hope this is just an unfortunate fall in what are usually incredibly high standards at Tolethorpe - I'm booked to see the 2 Shakespeare plays but if I was a new visitor I would not be making bookings on the basis of a visit last night. On the positive the restaurant service & food were as good as ever - excellent!
Written June 4, 2014
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malcolm lomax
Leicester, UK25 contributions
Couples
We went to Wind in the Willows last night. It was the first time in my life that My wife and I left at the interval and did not stay to see the second half. The show was extremely amateurish, with very poor delivery of lines, boring script, stuffy acting, meandering plot, superficial jokes etc etc. It is particularly sad to attend such a stunning location and be served such poor entertainment. I suppose we must make allowances in view of the very reasonable price of tickets, and the fact that the participants were presumably an amateur band of part-timers...at least I hope that is what they were. If they were being paid for their work someone needs to take them in hand and teach them not to mumble their lines facing away from the audience....basic acting lessons in other words.
Written July 28, 2016
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Noah K
Nottingham, UK1 contribution
Family
Had a fun time with my nephews. The weather was lovely and the kids enjoyed the beautiful compound which was ideal for our picnic. I could see that the play was definitely aimed towards children because my 2 little nephews really enjoyed it with the music, dancing and bright costumes. Definitely recommend it to families for an excellent summers day outing.
Written June 16, 2014
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MargaretCambs
Cambs171 contributions
Couples
Our first trip to Tolethorpe Hall and we were very impressed with the venue. It is a bit hard to find but well worth it when you get there. It was a lovely day and lots of people were picnicking in the grounds. We hadn't realised this would happen but happily sat on the wall with our Pimms. The theatres itself is well set out with comfortable tiered seats so everyone can see well. You can't actually hear though most of the time. The actors had their backs to us a lot of the time and only a few of the cast could be heard. Also, this was the last day and we would have thought they should know their lines by now. Having said that the young man playing Ariel was very good. Would think twice about going again if it's the same actors.
Written July 25, 2016
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tigerssteve
Lincoln, UK33 contributions
Couples
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.

This adaptation of "The Shrew", was set in 1950's Italy. It stuck closely to the original text and the modern references were woven in seamlessly. Props included motorcycles, gorgeous motor scooters and an ancient looking bicycle.

James Rushton's Petruchio was superb. Word perfect with never a hint of a slip, with animation aplenty and superb both off action as well as in action. Great facial expressions and projection. A truly accomplished performance. Initially I was unsure of Kate, Natasha Andrew but need not have worried. she was superb and grew beautifully into the part as her character developed. The support cast were all of a very high standard and the musicians added hugely to the event. They were not only superb musicians but they also interacted well with the actors and the audience; they were a great addition to the production.

All in all an 11 out of 10 evening. Thanks so much to everyone involved.
Written August 23, 2014
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KelvinZulu
Rivonia, Gauteng, South Africa285 contributions
Couples
Associated with the adjacent Tolethope Hall just a bit out of Stamford, Shakespearean plays were actually performed here in the bard's time.
I had the privilege of attending a performance here one evening after a picnic on the lawns.
The seating was cramped (I am 6'4") so sat sideways to alleviate the constraints.
A historic venue that is worth supporting.
Written May 19, 2013
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Ollie-091
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This place is really good. It provides an excellent venue to allow the audience to see plays, and with the kids it is joyous.
Written December 23, 2019
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