Posted by: gardner310 | July 7, 2013

Shakespeare on the Lawn, Tofte Manor

The Lawn as the Stage

The Lawn as the Stage

To celebrate my sister’s-in-law birthday we went to see “Much Ado About Nothing” in Bedfordshire at this beautiful manor home, Tofte Manor.  It was a most delightful evening-perfect warm weather, excellent performance, picnic dinner and a fabulous setting.

Tofte Manor dates back to 1086 when it was deeded to one of the Knights Templar.  Over the years it has passed through many hands as you would expect.  The oldest part of the current house dates from 1613 and the current owners have had it in the family since 1995.  It is now available for weddings, conferences and things like this theater performance.

The performance itself was sooo much fun.  The play by Mr. Shakespeare is a comedy and it is fascinating to listen to the dialogue and relate to it today, lots of laughs.  Human nature really doesn’t change in respect to relationships.

The audience all brought picnics in various forms of elaborateness (if that’s a word).  We had shopped at Sainsbury’s deli and it turned out to be the perfect finger food, of course very English.  Pork pie, chicken thika kebabs, sausage rolls, vegetable spring rolls, mozzarella and tomato salad and various samosas with strawberries for dessert all served with wine.  I really can’t recommend this experience highly enough so if you get the opportunity check in with   to see when and where they will be this summer


Front of Tofte Manor

Front of Tofte Manor

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