Open air theatre to be staged at historic sites

THIS summer The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to Tattershall Castle 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.

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.

It comes to Tattershall Castle on Friday August 24, 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Adult £15, child £10. Go to for details

The National Trust will be hosting other open air theatre at 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 Theatre Company 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 is at Tattershall Castle on Thursday August 23 6-8pm. Suitable for all ages. Adult £13, child £9, family £40.

Grimm Tales by Pantaloons Theatre Company is at Belton House on Friday August 31, 11am-4pm. Advance tickets: £12; child £9. On the day: £13, child £10, under 5’s free.