Last chance to see open air performances at attraction

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

The final two outdoor theatre shows at Belsay Hall this summer promise plenty of drama.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be returning to the English Heritage site with its brand new adaptation of ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’.

Following the success of its take on ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles’, it has put together another stage production featuring the great detective, which takes place tomorrow evening.

Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside, a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the Victorian sleuth.

When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins and Sherlock Holmes comes face-to-face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning tale of romance and suspense.

Chapterhouse has been performing a range of productions at some of the most beautiful castles, country estates and gardens across the UK and Ireland over the last few months.

Previous shows at Belsay Hall this summer include Wuthering Heights and The Jungle Book.

Writer Laura Turner said: “I’m really excited about this follow up to last year’s Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles.

“I enjoyed creating a new Chapterhouse story full of adventure, mystery and suspense.”

The performance starts at 6.45pm. Tickets are priced £15 for adults and £13 for children and concessions.

On Saturday, August 16, the Rain or Shine company will take to the stage at the tourist attraction for William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice play.

From the merchants, who trade and barter on the Rialto, to a young Venetian’s choice of a metal casket in Belmont, which could win him the hand of an heiress, Shakespeare weaves a web of romantic intrigue, cunning duplicity and comical foolery.

The key characters include Antonio, a merchant, Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, Bassanio, a young Venetian of noble rank, Portia, a rich heiress, and Nerissa, Portia’s waiting maid.

This show starts at 7pm. Tickets are priced £15 for adults, £13 for concessions and £11 for children (ages five to 15).

Those who come along to the performances are welcome to bring along a picnic and blankets.

For more information about the productions at Belsay Hall, call 01661 881636. To purchase tickets in advance, telephone the English Heritage booking line on 0870 3331181.