All the world’s a stage! The 400-year-old historic house located halfway between Richmond and Northallerton is set to become a stunning backdrop to a programme of outdoor theatre this summer.

From an evening of Jazz in aid of charity to Shakespearian humour as you’ve never seen it before, the summer programme is sure to entertain and delight. 

Curator Alice Rose explains, 

“Kiplin has a rich history of theatre and dramatics. Pageants and plays were performed here in the past by, and for, the owner families, estate staff and surrounding villagers. We are thrilled to be able to continue this tradition by working with traveling theatre companies. The open-air experience of outdoor theatre is very special. People bring picnic baskets, mats and chairs, sharing the show with friends and family. And this setting offers anyone who might not be ready to step back into the enclosed spaces of theatres a chance to enjoy the show in the fresh air.”

The programme offers shows that families and adults will enjoy, from Wind and the Willows (08.07) to Peter Pan (24.08), to A Mid-summer Nights Dream (05.08) and As You Like It (22.07). In August The HandleBards will return to Kiplin on the 5th. They are famed for their unconventional traveling technic and take on Shakespearean classics. Moving from venue to venue by bicycle during the day and taking to the stage each evening, as the name the HandleBards suggests.  

These evening ticketed events are not all that is on offer. Visitors to Kiplin can also enjoy the show on Mondays during the school summer holidays (excl. bank holiday) as York based Story Craft Theatre will be on site telling tales of the people who lived and worked at Kiplin in the past.

Please note, dogs are not permitted at the evening outdoor theatre events and should not be brought to the venue at all or left in cars. For more information or to book tickets visit

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