Attractions the backdrop for outdoor theatre productions

A series of open air theatre productions are being held at two of Northumberland’s historic attractions throughout August.

Wallington Hall and Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens will be hosting events in the hope of bringing an alternative crowd to the venues.

The majority of the productions are by touring group Chapterhouse Theatre Company, which has taken the productions to venues all over the North East in previous years.

And not only is the company visiting Belsay Hall, the group will also be at The Alnwick Garden, Warkworth Castle and Doxford Hall.

A further family-orientated production at Wallington Hall at the end of the month is being brought to the venue by Pentabus Rural Theatre Company in connection with the National Trust.

Next Thursday (August 6), two classics will be performed in the grounds.

Wallington Hall is putting on Jane Austen’s literary work Pride and Prejudice meanwhile Belsay Hall will be treating audiences to a production of Love Labour’s Lost, the Shakespeare comedy that is believed to be one of the Bard’s first plays.

Belsay will then host another outdoor performance of Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre on Friday, August 14, which is expected to be an entertaining piece in the stunning setting.

After that performance the venue will be returning to the Shakespeare theme with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Wednesday, August 19.

This play is often performed in an outdoor theatre setting, mainly because the themes of fairies and magical forests where star-crossed lovers meet lend themselves to the environment.

The following evening, August 20, Wallington Hall will turn to a more family friendly affair with a series of the play The Lone Pine Club.

It tells a story of young adventurers David, Dickie and Mary who meet a new friend called Peter (a girl) and go off on their own and make a secret camp.

What begins as a game becomes a true test of courage and loyalty as they find themselves tumbling into all sorts of scrapes and adventures.

The production starts on Thursday, August 20, and continues until Saturday, August 23.

All the events at Belsay Hall start at 7pm.

Tickets are £13 adults, £11 child/conc. This is advanced booking (£2 extra on the night) on www.english-heritage.org.uk or 01661 881 636. Wallington Hall prices and times vary.

For tickets and further information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk or 0844 249 1985.