Each year as the sun begins to shine and summer rolls back around, something magical happens in Leicestershire. Actors leave their glam London lives to set up home in some far away farmland, Stage Crews begin assembling some magnificent sets in a Leicestershire field and I, along with my wonderful workmates, get ready to welcome another load of theatre-lovers to the magnificent Kilworth House Theatre.
Kilworth House Theatre is quite literally a hidden gem. It is nestled away in South Leicestershire, in the middle of nowhere, and yet each year it is home to some truly outstanding productions. Year after year, I, along with so many audience members, actors, stage crew and volunteers return to soak up everything this place has to offer. Its an outdoor theatre – so already its quite an experience. There’s nothing quite like soaking up your favourite musicals surrounded by the great outdoors. Whether it be gloriously sunny or torrentially down pouring, nothing stops play here. Nothing stops the picnickers either, who never fail to fill the adjacent fields for a pre-show prosseco-filled jaunt (I highly recommend).
Each summer between May and September the theatre puts on 2 musical productions; with this years being ‘Kiss Me Kate’ and ‘Top Hat’ and past shows including ‘Singing in the Rain’, ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘West Side Story’. Every production is of west-end standard and attracts world class directors and choreographers such as the incredible Stephen Mear and Mitch Sebastian. Some of London’s best acting talent and stage designers head our way too, making these shows truly unmissable.
As well as musicals Kilworth also hosts a ton of one-night acts mid-way through the season, including ABBA and Queen tributes, The Manfreds and The Last Night of the Proms. These are always SO much fun and everyone is up for a boogie – lets just say the bar gets very busy. Speaking of the bar … the Front of House and Bar Staff are just fab too (Jokes, thats me but we are pretty great).
If you want a west-end quality show in beautiful surroundings and don’t mind a bit of rain, I honestly highly recommend a visit. The fact that I work there does not change my opinion in the slightest – I was coming to the theatre long before I worked there and I’ll be attending shows long after I leave!! It really is an absolute gem, so come and treat yourself to a prosseco-filled picnic, enjoy a fabulous show and I’ll see you for a drink in the Log Cabin afterwards!
For more information, check out the Kilworth House Theatre Website!
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P.S I just decided to write this on a whim so all my pictures are from snapchat or instagram I’m afraid!!!