TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
Outdoor theatre returns to the shores of Coniston when Illyria brings its summer programme to the Lake District. The ever-popular touring company arrive back at Brantwood in July with The Tempest. Tickets are now on sale for our annual outdoor theatre shows, which take place in our scenic lakeside meadow overlooking Coniston Water to the fells beyond, providing a spectacular back-drop for Illyria’s stage.
Please bring your own seating. Gates open at 6pm with the shows starting at 7pm. Adults £12.00 Children & students £8.00. Coniston Launch will be running a return ferry service to and from the performance, leaving Coniston boat landings at 6.15pm and returning after the performance. Adults £3, children £1.50. Ferry must be booked in advance through Brantwood. Performances will go ahead whatever the weather so come prepared.
The Terrace Coffee House and Restaurant will be open for food and refreshments until the performance starts as well as during the interval.
The Tempest by William Shakespeare – Tuesday 16th July 2019
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
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)
For tickets give us a call on 015394 41396 (no booking fee), or book online at illyria.co.uk