Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest at Tolethorpe Hall

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We headed for Tolethorpe Hall near Stamford today to see the latest production of The Importance of Being Earnest by the Stamford Shakespeare Company. We haven’t been to Tolethorpe since July, 2015, where we saw Henry V – quite a while! And going further back in time, we last saw a previous production of the same Play back here in July, 2007! 👍

We chose the 1.30pm matinee performance and followed Jo, Janet, Carol and Helen in convoy from theirs.

Very clever scenery

On arrival, judging by the number of people already there, it was clearly going to be a full house (well, as full it gets with socially distanced seating!). Once inside, with every other seat ‘out-of-bounds’, it was a sell-out! 😀

Curtain-up was bang on time, and with an interval of twenty minutes, the production ended at 4pm. We loved it! It was a superb production from whichever way you looked at it (lighting, sound and set-design etc) – and every character played to perfection. I especially liked the ‘two’ Butlers (same actor, two roles – very under-stated, with minimal dialogue, but laugh-out-loud funny! 😁😁

The first of three scene changes

A special mention too for the three imaginative scene changes! A complete transformation and very cleverly done… and by just one person!! 👍

Some bloke at the end photo-bombed this one!

And afterwards, it was off to The George Hotel (again!) for one of their cheeky Afternoon Teas (again!)

One of life’s more important decisions!
It would have been rude not to!

Happy days! 😋😋

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