ROMANCE is in the air at Belsay this summer as two great love stories are performed.
Chapterhouse Theatre Company, which has grown to become one of the most successful touring groups in the country in the last 13 years, specialises in staging open-air theatre at country houses, castles and heritage sites.
This year it is performing at more than 100 venues across the UK and Ireland, including Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens.
And its first performance at the Northumberland visitor attraction this weekend is a true classic – Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare’s greatest love story presents an unforgettable tale of young star-crossed lovers and all their passion.
The new production, directed by Mark Burman, is presented with magnificent costumes and original music, and will be given an extra romantic feel by its setting in Belsay’s Walled Garden under the stars.
Visitors are invited to take a picnic to enjoy before the drama begins.
The company will return to Belsay in August to present a new version of Jane Austen’s Emma.
Directed by Rebecca Gadsby and adapted by Laura Turner, it tells a tale of matchmaking, marriage and merriment where the heroine’s determination to pair off her friends threatens to put her own true love in jeopardy. The evening promises Regency wonderment and heart-warming romance.
The play will be performed in the Walled Garden on Saturday, August 11.
Romeo and Juliet takes to the stage on Sunday, at 7.30pm. Doors open for picnics at 6.45pm.
Tickets for each production cost £13 for adults and £11 concession in advance, or £15 and £13 respectively on the night. They are available on 01661 881636 or online at www.seetickets.com