Leeds stage set for patriotic celebration of the Bard’s plays

Lynne Crispin dressed in Shakespearian costume on the staircase at  Temple Newsam.
Lynne Crispin dressed in Shakespearian costume on the staircase at Temple Newsam.
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“All the world’s a stage” - and Shakespeare’s famous quote is set to become a reality at a historic stately home in Leeds.

The stage will be set at Temple Newsam House to mark 400 years since the death of the country’s most famous playwright this St George’s Day.

Shakespeare’s tragic tales Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth will be brought to life as part of a day of honouring the Bard.

Alongside the performances by Stories Alive, the event will also feature Elizabethan dancing workshops and storytelling as well as the chance for younger visitors to have a go by dressing up or recreating their own plays with a puppet theatre.

Stories Alive’s Eden Ballantyne, who will be performing four times across the day, said: “I hope my interactive Shakespeare performances help bring the Bard’s language alive for young and old alike.

“He may have been dead 400 years, but his words live on throughout Britain and the world.”

Built in the 1500s, Temple Newsam was home to some of the country’s most prominent aristocratic families during Shakespeare’s time, including Lord Darnley, the ill-fated husband of Mary Queen of Scots.

Taking part in the weekend’s activities is free but usual admission applies.

Elsewhere in Leeds, visitors to Lotherton Hall can follow in the footsteps of St George himself and join the hunt for dragons.

Intrepid youngsters will have the chance to follow clues around the Edwardian house and gardens as they search for the mythical beast hiding somewhere in the grounds.

Visitors can also take part in some dragon-themed arts and crafts, with events running from 11am until 4pm.

Lotherton Hall has also been home to some of the city’s most prominent families over the centuries, including the Nevilles, de Hothams and the Gascoignes.


The George Cross will be flying at Leeds Civic Hall this Saturday.

A Scout parade will be taking place in Horsforth Hall Park leaving from St Margaret’s Church.

A fun day and stage show will be held at Queen Street, in Morley, on Saturday as part of the town’s annual celebrations.

The parade will set off from 11.30am on Sunday from Morley Town Hall venturing to the Scatcherd Road cricket ground for a family fun day event with stalls and entertainment.