Internationally Acclaimed Theatre Company Come to New Staffordshire Venue


British Touring Shakespeare are delighted to be performing classic Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night at Bolton Gate Farm’s Creative Countryside weekender near Stoke on Saturday 4 August followed by a brand new adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound Of The Baskervilles on Sunday 5 August.

In 2020, British Touring Shakespeare were one of the first theatre companies to stage live performances during the recovery from the pandemic at socially distanced outdoor venues around the UK with their outstanding tour of The Two Gentlemen Of Verona. With this year’s tour, they are delighted to once again ensure that the magic of open air theatre is a British tradition that people can continue to enjoy.

Twelfth Night is always a popular favourite for outdoor performance, combining moments of hilarious slapstick comedy with some of the most beautiful romantic poetry that Shakespeare ever wrote. This production is guaranteed to make for an unforgettable evening of laughter enjoying outdoor theatre at its very best.

British Touring Shakespeare are also excited to bring their renowned strengths of energy and accessibility to a brand new adaptation of the well loved Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound Of The Baskervilles. This innovative production of the classic tale, which has been adapted for the stage by director Andrew Hobbs in collaboration with his father the award winning historian and writer David Hobbs MBE, promises to enthral audiences of all ages.

David Hobbs MBE said: “I have been an avid reader of Sherlock Holmes stories since I was 11 years old. Therefore it has given me enormous pleasure to work with my son Andrew adapting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great work ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ for the stage. The game is afoot!”

Renowned West End and classical theatre performer Lucyelle Cliffe who will be playing Olivia in Twelfth Night said: “I’ve been very fortunate in my career to appear in some iconic shows in the West End like Les Miserables and Wicked, but I always especially love the unique atmosphere of performing outdoors and I couldn’t wish for a more lovely venue than Bolton Gate Farm. Twelfth Night is such a fun play to perform and if the audience laughs as much as we have been during rehearsals then you guys are in for a treat!”

Creative Director of Bolton Gate Arts Joe Matty said: “We can think of no one better to be kickstarting our programme of events at Bolton Gate Arts than British Touring Shakespeare, a company with a wealth of experience, talent, and a fantastic reputation. We want to bring high quality, engaging art to our communities in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorland countryside and BTS will do exactly that, with a double bill that all the family can enjoy”.

Tickets for these shows and all others on the British Touring Shakespeare 2021 Open Air Summer Season are available here: