“The Tempest” and “Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves” this summer


Tickets are now on sale for Brantwood’s annual outdoor theatre events. This year sees the ever popular touring company, Illyria, return with two classic productions – Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” on Tuesday 16th July and the children’s classic “Ali Baba and The Forty Theives” on Tuesday 20th August. The performances take place in Brantwood’s scenic lakeside meadow overlooking Coniston Water and the fells, providing a spectacular back-drop for Illyria’s stage.  Our Terrace Café will be preparing some delicious pre-theatre food for the event including take-out hampers, and drinks will also be available throughout the evening (and popcorn!).


THE TEMPEST By William Shakespeare

The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the

assistance of a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Inexorably they are driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero – until Prospero learns that in spite of everything Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. Which is greater – his thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?


In their 28th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity,

quality and ingenuity, Illyria return to their home-turf: Shakespearean comedy. The play, believed to be the last that Shakespeare wrote single-handedly, is lyrical, thought-provoking and raucously funny. More than 400 years after it was written it still has the capacity to surprise!  Illyria is an intrepid band of five actors who perform Shakespeare’s plays, entirely uncut, direct from the First Folio, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s swift, it’s polished and it’s spoken beautifully (uniquely among open-air touring theatre companies Illyria’s artistic director has published articles on verse-speaking) – and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic agree that Illyria’s performance style is the most authentically Elizabethan to be seen. Since 1992 they have performed on what feels like every patch of grass from Land’s End to John O-Groats – and also in Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, USA and Canada. They are the only UK open-air touring company to have won

no less than 4 international awards, and have a well-deserved reputation for being, quite simply, the best.  Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)



Theatre tickets are available from Brantwood, or online at, and cost £12.00 for adults and £8.00 for children and students. Gates open at 6pm and the performance starts at 7pm. Please bring your own seating or rug. Performances will go ahead whatever the weather so come prepared. Coniston Launch is providing a ferry service to Brantwood for both shows leaving Coniston boatlandings at 6.15pm. Adults: £3, Children £1.50. Boat places need to be pre-booked through Brantwood.


Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves follows on Tuesday 20th August, booking details as for The Tempest.  Please note this performance begins at 6.30pm.


Adapted by Illyria director, Oliver Gray, this towering literary classic it is packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters, and laughs galore.  There’s lots and lots to join in with – and the most magical cave you’ve ever seen! Perfect summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged 5+.  Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)



For further information please contact Brantwood, Coniston, LA21 8AD.

Tel. 015394 41396.


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