Austen in the open air

Shakespeare at Kedleston Hall
Shakespeare at Kedleston Hall

The third in a series of three open air performance taking place this summer in the picturesque grounds of the National Trust’s Kedleston Hall, near Derby, is on Friday, August 3.

Following on from a Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Twits, the venue is the setting for a production of Emma.

Emma is a young woman determined to pair her friends off with their perfect matches. But could it be that, amidst her plotting, her own true love has been there all along? Filled with glorious fun, this brand new adaptation of Jane Austen’s comedy of manners promises love and laughter aplenty.

Jonathan Turley, visitor experience manager at Kedleston Hall said: “Our outdoor theatre events are always popular and the pleasure grounds are the perfect place to enjoy a summer evening and some fantastic entertainment with friends or family. There is always a wonderful atmosphere at these productions, and it’s lovely to see so many people sat enjoying great entertainment, and the cast never fail to encapsulate the essence of the stories, and portray them in a witty, easily accessible format”

Emma starts at 7.30pm (with gates from 6.30pm) and tickets cost £14.A two-course pre-theatre meal is available before the show at the Kedleston Hall restaurant for an additional £15 per person (booking required).

Alternatively, audience members are welcome to bring their own picnics. All visitors should bring low-backed seating or rugs, warm clothes and waterproofs.

Tickets and pre-theatre meals can be booked by calling 01332 842191.