Outdoor theatre comes to Netherby Hall

Outdoor theatre comes to Netherby Hall next week with a live performance of a new show by two Cumbrian brothers.

The Secret Diary of Henry VIII is being staged in the grounds of the Grade II* listed mansion at Longtown on Tuesday, July 16.

Described as a hilarious take on Britain’s most epic monarch, the show is written, directed and produced by James and Stephen Hyde, who grew up near Penrith. The brothers are co-founders of theatre company The Three Inch Fools, which is performing more than 80 shows across the UK this summer.

James said: “We’re delighted to be back in Cumbria with our new show which is an uproarious comedy based on the life of Henry VIII. It’s a show fit for the whole family which follows the ups and downs of young Henry’s life in court after he is unexpectedly thrust into the limelight.”

The performance at Netherby Hall is a rare opportunity for the public to visit the private grounds of the hall, which are usually only open to guests staying at its self-catering apartments and cottages.

Audience members are advised to dress for the weather and bring blankets, rugs and picnic chairs. The show starts at 7pm, with gates open from 6pm for picnics. The Secret Diary of Henry VIII is suitable for children aged six and over.

Three Inch Fools’ other Cumbrian dates include performances of The Secret Diary of Henry VIII at Hutton-in-the-Forest on July 14, and at Muncaster Castle on July 18. They are also performing The Comedy of Errors at Muncaster Castle on July 17. 

For more information visit www.netherbyhall.co.uk/event/ or contact boxoffice@threeinchfools.com


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