This summer, the National Trust’s Speke Hall invites visitors to three exceptional outdoor theatre performances in the gardens for an evening of action, music, and raucous laughter.
Prepare for an evening of mischief and fun on June 23 with an imaginative and fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic Twelfth Night, which audiences may enjoy with their picnics, blankets, and deckchairs in the colourful surroundings of the North Lawn.
The Three Inch Fools arrive with a bang at Speke on 30 July with an explosive telling of the most infamous conspiracy in history, The Gunpowder Plot.
And on 24 August, The Pantaloons’ take to the stage with another timeless Shakespearean summer comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. An energetic and funny production that the whole family will enjoy.
Lorraine Lett, programming and partnerships officer says:
“There’s no better backdrop for outdoor theatre than Speke Hall. The Tudor Manor House really does set the scene and brings a special atmosphere to our theatrical events. The grounds are also at their most vibrant which look magical in the midsummer night light.
“Audiences will encounter a whole host of fantastic characters from each production. It’s a wonderful way to bring families and friends together and experience an evening of spectacular entertainment, whilst making the most of the lovely weather and Speke Hall’s historic gardens.”
You can expect 2 hours of fast-paced drama, uproarious intrigue, mistaken identities and misunderstandings, audience interaction, endless costume changes, a happy ending, and live music throughout. Each performance starts at 7pm.
Tickets for all performances are priced at £18 for adults, £10 for children 6+, under 5s free, £50 for a family (two adults, two children) and can be purchased online or by telephone 0344 249 1895. Free parking, toilets and baby changing facilities are all available on-site.
Be sure to take advantage of the National Trust’s special early bird offer until 15 April 2022 by grabbing an adult ticket for £16 or a family ticket are £45.
It’s recommended to pack a delicious picnic, something comfy to sit on, and wear plenty of layers – even if it’s a lovely sunny day, it can still get chilly on the North Lawn at night, and the performances will continue come rain or shine.
Enter via Visitor Reception from the car park and you will be directed to the North Lawn. Gates open at 6pm for a 7pm start, so arrive early enough to secure a good spot. It’s fully accessible to everyone with some slight slopes. And suitable for all ages to enjoy.
Book now at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/speke-hall