Hall to host productions of much-loved stories

Chapterhouse Theatre Company 'Belsay Hall, Sense and Sensibility
Chapterhouse Theatre Company 'Belsay Hall, Sense and Sensibility
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A TRIO of classic tales will be brought to life this summer at a county tourist attraction.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company has been touring the UK for more than a decade and three of its six open-air productions during the current season will be performed at Belsay Hall.

They have been adapted from the novels for the stage by Laura Turner.

She has been working mainly as a playwright since graduating from York University with a first-class honours degree in English Literature. As well as working for Chapterhouse, she has also done some script-writing for the BBC.

First up is Sense and Sensibility written by Jane Austen) this Saturday. Those attending will experience an evening of Regency wonderment as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exquisite world of 18th-century society.

The story follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time as they look for a balance between sense and sensibility.

Another performance where a large crowd is expected is the company’s production of Pride and Prejudice, also written by Jane Austen, on Saturday, August 3.

While her mother tries determinedly to pair her off with the irritating Mr Collins, Elizabeth Bennet meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy, but is there more to him than meets the eye?

You will find out if the saying that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife is true in this case.

Chapterhouse will round things off at Belsay with The Wind in the Willows (by Kenneth Grahame) on Friday, August 9.

Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for an exciting adventure. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades.

With the bumptious Toad’s heart set on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue – and will he let them?

Alive with music, song and dance, this family show is presented in traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval.

For all performances, the audiences are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnics.

To book tickets, telephone 0870 3331183. Tickets may also be available to purchase at the site on the day.