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“An annual pleasure”

Rutland Open Air Theatre
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Stamford
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Cambridgeshire
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140 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“An annual pleasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

A lovely setting if the weather is good! Rather tiresome walk through woods from the Carpark if wet. If you can go early (and book) the 3 course dinner is good value in the pleasant restaurant. Not a gastronomic experience but a predictable choice of starters, a generous salad buffet and gataux type desserts and coffee. There is a picnic buffet option or take your own picnic Glyndebourne style. (Some nearby eateries also offer early suppers which guarentee you get to the performance in time,)

The theatre is covered, tho' the actors are not so lucky. It can get cold so take a blanket and a cushion. The programme changes annually, always including a Shakespeare or two. After a few years of mediocre productions this year I thought the standard of acting and direction was improved. It is perhaps unkind to suggest this is the result of casting rather younger actors in young parts. There was less need to suspend belief! Thecostumes are always good and the scenery and props designed to make best use of the limited arena.

This is an amateur outfit but must be one of the best in the country. Its always a pleasant night out

Visited July 2012
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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“Always a magical evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

I have visited Tolethorpe on two occasions to see their summer productions. The plays have always been excellently produced with great stage settings. The background is woodland which made a midsummer nights dream a truly magical experience. Often you see bats flying across the stage !!!

Tolethorpe hall and grounds are a beautiful setting for an evenings picnic (bring your own or book one in advance) or just a pre performance/ interval drink. The theatre is set in a natural ampitheatre and is covered for the audience. The seats are pretty comfortable with reasonable leg room but you might want to take a cushion and almost certainly a rug and warm clothing as once the sun goes down even in summer it can be chilly.

We noticed at the last performance there were quite a few young children (<5yrs) who to be fair behaved impeccably but its a long performance for little people !!! So it seems to work for families too.

Its a reasonably priced fun / relaxing evening out certainly more atmospheric than being stuck in a traditional theatre with your knees stuck in the back of someones head !!!

Visited July 2012
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“must do”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

open air, although protected from the elements, sit close to and almost be apart of the action, friendly atmosphere

Visited August 2012
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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“Three Musketeers in a Thunderstorm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

We attend Tolethorpe once or twice each year.
It is an open air theatre (for the actors anyway) - the audience stay dry.
as usual it was another fantastic performance at a very reasonable price. It was entertaining and well produced. There was the most almighty thunderstorm during the performance which meant that it had to be stopped twice. This was due to the noise being so great that the actors could not be heard. The actors were completely professional and just looked as though they would carry on regardless, until the producer told them to stop.
The atmosphere was also superb.
would i go again - definitely

Visited August 2012
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Burnley
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“Fantastic performance, fantastic venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Arrived at Tolethorpe Hall midday on Saturday 19th Aug. Glorious sunshine and wonderful gardens for a picnic. All the facilities, drinks, food, loo's etc were superb. We then watched a very good rendition of Henry IV with a wonderful set and some really good acting.

I was not sure if I would enjoy the day, but I sure did.

Visited August 2012
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