Magical Open-Air Theatre in Kilkenny

THE STUNNING surrounds of the Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre will be used to stage a production of Pride and Prejudice over the coming months.

THE STUNNING surrounds of the Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre will be used to stage a production of Pride and Prejudice over the coming months.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is touring six wonderful new productions across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland from late May to September 2012. In a season full of magic, romance and enchantment, Chapterhouse is performing some of the best-loved stories of literature. The company prides ourselves on producing accessible, traditional but innovative shows that have entertained thousands of theatregoers throughout the UK and Ireland.

In Jane Austen’s classic the audience are asked to take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters. Whilst her mother tries determinedly to pair her off with the detestable Mr Collins, Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Join family and friends for what promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and revel in this most renowned of love stories. After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company enters its 13th year of touring open-air theatre at some of the most beautiful country houses, castles and heritage sites across the UK and Ireland.

From a first year of performances at some 30 venues with Romeo and Juliet in 2000, the company has established itself as one of the most successful and acclaimed touring companies in the country. In previous years, the company has toured with a variety of shows including Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and The Taming of The Shrew, together with performances of classic works such as The Mystery Plays and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and our very popular adaptations of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. In 2004, the company produced the first West End show ever to tour open-air, ART, directed by Nigel Havers.

Open-air theatre lends itself perfectly to pre-show picnics creating an enjoyable and memorable experience for any audience. It is a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to sit back and enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company whilst indulging in a glass of chilled summer wine and watching a wonderfully traditional evening of entertainment.

Pride and Predjudice will take place at Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Kilmanagh on July 12 at 7.30pm. Tickets and further information from

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre 087 6261134, Kilkenny Book Centre 056 7762117 and O’Connors Shop 056 7769240. Tickets are priced at adults €15, children €10 and families (two adults and two children) €45. There is a 10% discount for parties of ten or more. Grounds are open for picnics from 6pm. Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. Refreshments are available. For more information see www.ballykeeffe.com