Chapterhouse Theatre Company is coming to Emo Court

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is coming to Emo Court


Open-air Garden Theatre Tour of UK and Ireland 2019

Magical theatre in magical surroundings


Chapterhouse Theatre Company is excited to present its 2019 open-air tour for its 20th anniversary year. Throughout the summer, Chapterhouse will be bringing stunning performances of six classic stories to some of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful outdoor venues, promising to be one of the most enchanting and unmissable events of the summer.


Our brand-new show for 2019 is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure Treasure Island, which alongside The Secret Garden will provide fun for all the family. We will also be bringing back a firm Chapterhouse favourite, with a nod to the company’s roots in Shakespearean theatre, with a magical production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Another favourite with Chapterhouse audiences, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, will join our 2019 productions. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford will also take to the stage, meaning that most of our summer productions will showcase bold, exciting stories from women writers in the literary canon.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare



By Elizabeth Gaskell


Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen


The Secret Garden

By Frances Hodgson Burnett


Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson


Wuthering Heights

By Emily Brontë


Adaptations by Laura Turner


What Chapterhouse does is theatre at the coalface, carried by the power of acting… and they do it with distinction”

The Stage


worth catching them whatever the show, wherever they go

Northern Echo


“up there among the highlights of my family’s summer.”

Stratford Herald


“Hilarious, well cast and a reassuringly English way to spend a fine summer’s evening.” 

Nottingham Post



A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies, and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful musical score and enchanting woodland creatures come together to make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre, and one of Chapterhouse’s most popular shows.




Step back in time with Chapterhouse this summer and find yourself whisked into the world of small-town life in Victorian England, as Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford is adapted for performances in some of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful open-air venues. In the sleepy village of Cranford, a mysterious new arrival is setting hearts aflutter… But can lost loves and old friendships withstand the drama of snobbery, gossip, and social scandal? Bring along a picnic and join Chapterhouse to find out!


Pride and Prejudice


When Elizabeth Bennet meets the terse and abrupt Mr. Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Brought to life by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this adaptation has been a favourite of Chapterhouse audiences for years and will be a joy to perform in the company’s 20th year of touring. Join friends and family for an evening of theatre beneath the stars, basking in the glow of this timeless classic.


The Secret Garden


This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner… As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key? Relive this enchanting tale of secrecy and curiosity in what will be one of the highlights of the summer.


Treasure Island


Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this brand-new adaptation of everyone’s favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. When he stumbles across a coveted treasure map, young Jim Hawkins finds himself on an epic adventure in the hope of finding Treasure Island. But not everyone is to be trusted, and a dark secret is lurking on board the ship…


Wuthering Heights


Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present the wild and tempestuous love story of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, set on the beautiful and mysterious Yorkshire moors. This tale of passion and revenge has thrilled readers and audiences alike for generations and is now set to entrance Chapterhouse audiences for an evening of theatre beneath the stars. Can Catherine and Heathcliff’s love endure, or will the forces of nature tear them apart?





Magical Theatre in Magical Surroundings


Chapterhouse Theatre Company is delighted to be celebrating its 20th year by doing what we do best: touring open-air theatre to stunning country houses, castles and heritage sites across the UK and Ireland. From the first year of performances at 30 venues with Romeo and Juliet, Chapterhouse tour over 180 shows every year, and has become a greatly anticipated addition to thousands of theatre-goers’ calendars.


For the last three years Chapterhouse has also toured A Christmas Carol to sell-out audiences in theatres across the UK, and in 2018 brought shows to Saudi Arabia and returned once again to China for a month-long national tour; past productions have included Jane Eyre, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Jungle Book, and Little Women.


In our 20 years of touring, Chapterhouse has established itself as one of the most successful and acclaimed touring companies in the country, breathing new life into the texts of some of literature’s most celebrated writers, from Shakespeare to Austen to the Brontë sisters.


In 2019, we are proud to be working with the charity The Red Box Project, whose logo you will find on our publicity materials, and whose wonderful work you can read more about online at


This year, Chapterhouse is returning to the stage with exciting stories set in extraordinary places: the wild Yorkshire moors, mystical forests, open seas, and magical gardens will be transported to castles, botanical gardens, manor houses, and other open-air venues across the UK and Ireland, including many National Trust and English Heritage properties. So bring along a rug and a picnic and settle in for an evening of theatre beneath the stars…


“It’s been a pleasure to be involved with Chapterhouse’s productions over the last decade and this year is no exception. I’m delighted to see some of my favourite classic stories coming to life on stage, from Pride and Prejudice to The Secret Garden – one of most beloved books. I hope audiences young and old alike find plenty to enjoy in 2019’s array of shows.”

Laura Turner, Scriptwriter


“We are thrilled to still be joining our audiences at beautiful venues for this, our twentieth year as a company. We’ve brought back some of our most popular, best-loved shows from over the years, as well as some newer shows. I am excited to be working with our creative teams of actors and directors, as well as with Laura Turner, who beautifully adapts the shows for the stage. Last year we were lucky with a long, hot summer – we’ve got our fingers crossed for this year!”

Richard Main, Artistic Director and Producer