Attraction stirs a tempest

Families can enjoy a fairytale trail at Belsay Hall at half term
Families can enjoy a fairytale trail at Belsay Hall at half term

A popular Northumberland heritage attraction is planning to create some drama and fun this weekend.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens will be providing some alternative entertainment for visitors as it will be staging Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The Bard’s play will be brought to life at the venue in an open air theatre production in the grounds.

For those who do not know the classic tale, a tremendous tempest causes a shipwreck and scatters a cargo of noblemen across a mysterious island.

Little do they know that Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, is at the helm of all magic and mystery.

In Shakespeare’s last and most magical tale, fairies and spells unwind villains’ desires, tie lovers together, and unknot past wrongs.

The latest production of Shakespeare’s glorious tale of magical creatures, love and forgiveness on a faraway island looks set to be a great crowd-pleaser.

This is the first in a series of new live theatre events being staged at Belsay.

Shakespeare will make a return on Thursday, August 6 with Love Labour’s Lost, the Bard’s unfinished play.

The live outdoor theatre will then return with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Wednesday, August 19, a production that transfers easily to an outdoor environment.

There is also another live show of Jane Eyre at the venue on August 14.

The Tempest will be at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens on Saturday, July 25, at 6.15pm. As the event is outdoors, it is subject to weather conditions.

Tickets cost £15 adults, £13 concessions and children. To book, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk or call 0370 330 1183.