THIS summer The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return with their all male open air production of Shakespeare’s devastating and gripping thriller: Macbeth.
Join the players with a picnic, sit back and look out for witches, traitors and murderers.
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s shortest texts, but it contains some of his most famous lines, such as “Out damned spot- out I say”, “Double, double, toil and trouble.’ and ‘Is this a dagger I see before me? Macbeth’s ghostly apparitions, action-packed sword fights and blood-soaked conclusion are sure to get the heart racing.
Mark Puddle, the company’s founder and creative director, says Macbeth has everything; a tragic love story, a lust for power and a drunken porter as well as fights, ghosts and plenty of blood.
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will follow the critical success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by bringing Macbeth to the open-air venues of Belton House, Tattershall Castle and Lincoln Castle, offering audiences outside the capital the perfect opportunity to see Shakespeare’s plays performed to the very highest standards, in the way the Bard first envisioned them...with an all-male cast, traditional costume and Elizabethan song and dance.
When the triumphant soldier Macbeth discovers he’s destined to be the next King of Scotland, he and Lady Macbeth decide to risk everything in a desperate attempt to gain the throne. Macbeth’s violent dream of power becomes a paranoid nightmare.
They will be at Belton House on Saturday June 23, 7pm – 10pm (gates open 6pm for picnics). Advance tickets £12, child £9. On the day adult £13, child £10, under 5’s free. Go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlands for full details.
Then at Lincoln Castle on Sunday June 24. Gates open 5.30pm, show starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are adult £14.40 and child £8.50. (Tel: 01522 873894)
Then at Tattershall Castle on Friday August 24, 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Adult £15, child £10.
The National Trust will be hosting other open air theatre events at its local venues throughout the summer.
The Importance of Being Ernest is at Belton House on Friday July 27 7pm – 10pm (gates open at 6pm for picnics). Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece is given The Pantaloons treatment in this anarchic take on a classic comedy of manners. Advance tickets: £12; child £9. On the day: £13; child £10, under 5’s free.
King Arthur and The Sword in the Stone, presented by Cambridge Touring Theatre at Tattershall Castle on Thursday August 23 6-8pm. A special open air performance for children. Suitable for all ages. Adult £13, child £9, family £40.
Grimm Tales open air theatre with Pantaloons Theatre Company at Belton House on Friday August 31, 11am-4pm. Music, magic and some of the best-loved stories ever for all ages. Advance tickets: £12; child £9. On the day: £13, c hild £10, under 5’s free.
Bring garden chairs or a blanket to sit on, wear warm clothing. Bring a picnic and turn up early to enjoy a pre-show feast in the grounds. It may be wet, so bring waterproofs - jackets with hoods are best as brollies could block the view.