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Dear [title] [surname],

SSC’s 2021 summer season at Tolethorpe Hall

We are absolutely delighted to announce our summer season of plays which will be performed on our open air stage at Tolethorpe Hall this year. We open with Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost in June, followed by Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones, and our third production is Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Our TYD Theatre Makers group will be presenting DNA by Dennis Kelly.

The box office is opening for bookings on 3rd May, and we look forward to welcoming you back to your theatre. The bookings phone number is 01780 756133 or you can book on line at Below are details of the productions plus some information on how we plan to keep you safe. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Love’s Labour’s Lost Performances June & July

Shakespeare’s most stylish comedy is set in Navarre in the 17th Century when learning and the ‘new science’ were all the rage. Four noblemen swear an oath to study for three years and to give up wine, women and song, but when a beautiful Princess and her retinue of vivacious ladies arrives, the consequences are hilarious.

The intrigues of the courtly lovers are intermingled with the wit and comedy of several eccentric characters including a snobbish courtier, a pompous schoolmaster, a timid curate, a dim-witted constable and two sex-crazed villagers – not forgetting a fantastical Spaniard and his irreverent page.

Humble Boy Performances June, July & August

Set in the late 1990s, this superb, award-winning comedy, inspired by Hamlet, explores the tensions inherent in family life. Felix Humble, the unlikely hero, returns to his family home after his father’s death. His mother, Flora, has got rid of all of her husband’s belongings, including the bees which he kept. The reunion of mother and son sparks old animosities and leads to the hilarious unravelling of a multitude of family secrets, not least his mother’s plans to wed her long-term lover.

This imaginative play premiered at the National Theatre in 2001, winning two Olivier Awards and the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play. Its sharp humour is both wickedly funny and darkly poignant. Due to language and content, the play is suitable for ages 15 and over.

The Importance of Being Earnest Performances July & August

Widely considered one of the funniest plays in the English language, Oscar Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece, set in the late Victorian era, contains some of theatre’s most celebrated characters along with sparkling dialogue rich in witticisms.

To marry Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen, Jack must first court favour with her mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell. His respectability, his past and that of his parents must prove above reproach. For Jack, however, this presents a problem, having started life abandoned in the lost property at Victoria station. Equally problematic is the fact that Gwendolen wishes to marry Ernest, who doesn’t actually exist. Hilarious consequences arise when both Algernon and Jack adopt the pseudonym of Ernest to pursue their romantic endeavours.

DNA by Dennis Kelly Performances 12 July (7.45pm), 13 July (1.30pm)

A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right?

DNA is a poignant and sometimes hilarious tale with a very dark heart.