Charlecote on stage… and the big screen!

As you may already be aware, Charlecote has been the star of the show in two current RSC productions, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won.  Next week Love’s Labour’s Won will be broadcast live to cinemas. On 4 March 2015 Love’s Labour’s Won will be shown. Ahead of these special broadcasts, the RSC have shared a wonderful clip…

Designer Simon Higlett tells us more about creating the model box for Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won.

This is a short extract of a film which will be shown as part of the live to cinema broadcast of Love’s Labour’s Lost on 11 February 2015.

For more information on these screenings visit http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk

And if you want to see inside the house that inspired this sumptuous set, we reopen the doors on 14 February.  Just in time for half term! Check the website for more details on our opening times.

Charlecote takes to the stage : Love’s Labour’s Lost / Love’s Labour’s Won at RSC

We are thrilled that Christopher Luscombe, a director at The RSC, felt so inspired by Charlecote that he decided to set his latest Shakespeare plays here.

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Read more of this insightful interview in Midlands What’s On

Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won is on at the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon,  from 23 September. To find out more and to book tickets visit the RSC website.

We are very much looking forward to seeing how Charlecote looks on stage, especially as we had a sneak peek when lead actors visited site for their promo photos! You can view some of them on the RSC webpage. And don’t forget to also watch the trailer…

Are you planning to see these plays in Stratford? Do let us know what you thought!
Don’t worry if you’re unable to make it to the RSC, your local cinema may well be screening the live show in Feb/March 2015. More information on that can be found online.

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Famous faces amongst our visitors

In the past month we’ve had some visitors to Charlecote and they’ve caused us to do a double-take! We’re sure we’ve seen their faces before, perhaps they’re regulars… no. Could they be… why yes… famous faces indeed!

Our teams were very excited to recognise TV’s Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud and then, only a week later, the actor Oliver Ford Davis.

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Over the years we do spot famous faces from time to time – in fact there are a number of famous people who live in our local area. Just take a look at this article by the Coventry Telegraph.

telBut it would seem that Charlecote has allured famous people to its gates for a long time. We all know that Shakespeare is alleged to have been in our park and Elizabeth I called in on a tour of the Midlands. But did you know that our Victorian Mistress of Charlecote, Mary Elizabeth, also greeted a number of very distinguished guests? She recounts the tale of Scottish novelist, poet and playwright, Sir Walter Scott’s visit in 1828 within her memoirs…

A quirky Staffordshire Pottery figurine of Sir Walter Scott, from the collection at Attingham Park.

A quirky Staffordshire Pottery figurine of Sir Walter Scott, from the collection at Attingham Park.

 

…Sir Walter Scott and his daughter Ann paid old Charlecote a visit, so early that we were in bed and were awoke by the ringing of the front door bell; and don’t I remember our hurry to get dressed when we heard who it was that had arrived and were waiting for permission to see the house!

When we went down he and Miss Scott were intently surveying the pictures in the Great Hall. I see him now in my mind’s eye, advancing to meet us with the most genuine expression of benevolence and shrewd humour in his face, his hair white as snow and his eyebrows very thick and shaggy, his crippled foot giving him  a limping gait. He remained with us for about two hours; … he seemed delighted with the place.

Mistress of Charlecote.
Chapter 2. 1824 – 1829: The Married Lady

So the next time you’re visiting Charlecote, take a moment to see who is standing next to you in the restaurant queue, you might just be surprised…