Stamford Shakespeare Company

One of Europe's finest theatre venues, Tolethorpe Hall is home to the Rutland Open Air Theatre where the resident Stamford Shakespeare Company present an annual season of plays across June, July and August.

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enjoy Shakespeare Season

Every summer more than 34,000 people from throughout the UK and from overseas attend the Stamford Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed summer season of plays in June, July and August at the Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall.

Tolethorpe Hall

The grounds of Tolethorpe Hall were landscaped in their present form in 1867 and remain much the same except that they where completely overgrown when the property was acquired by the Stamford Shakespeare Company in 1977.

a magical, creative and stimulating place

A stage set in an enchanting glade, a company of fine actors, stunning sets and gorgeous costumes combine to create a magical setting for the works of the world's greatest playwright.
Comfortably seated and protected from occasional summer showers beneath a permanent all-weather canopy, visitors will enjoy all the comfort of an indoor theatre with the charm of an open air setting.

Enjoy your own picnic

Enjoy your own picnic in the beautiful gardens before heading into the auditorium to sit back, relax and be entertained. The picnic slope overlooks classic English parkland with historic Tolethorpe Hall in the background.

Tolethorpe Youth Drama

We provide a full, immersive programme of drama and acting training for 5 – 18 year olds. Inspiration and imagination is at the heart of all our work and students of all ages are united through a shared love of theatre, the power of stories and how they are told.

Make a day of it

Tolethorpe Hall

Visit Tolethope Hall in the parish of Little Casterton, Rutland for the Rutland Theatre of the Stamford Shakespeare Company. The hall is a Grade II Listed Building and hosts extremely entertaining performances.

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Tolethorpe Hall




Tel: 01780 756133