A stately home and visitor attraction will be the backdrop to a programme of outdoor theatre this summer.

The line-up at Kiplin Hall, near Scorton, between Northallerton and Richmond, includes an evening of jazz in aid of charity and plenty of Shakespearian humour.

Curator Alice Rose said: “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 includes The HandleBards on August 5.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The HandleBards return to Kiplin on their bikes this summer as part of a programme of outdoor

They are famed for their unconventional traveling technique 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. 

Darlington and Stockton Times: The HandleBards bring Shakespeare into the open air on their travels this summer photo credit

Dogs are not permitted at the evening outdoor theatre events. For more information or to book tickets visit www.kiplinhall.co.uk.

Outdoor theatre and music at Kiplin Hall.

Jazz in the Parkland with The Friends of Kiplin Hall: Friday, July 7, 7pm to 9pm. Friend £14, Adult £16, Child £5.

Quantum Theatre presents Wind in the Willows: Saturday, July 8, 7pm to 9pm. Adult £15, Con/child £10, Family £45.

Three Inch Fools presents As You Like It: Saturday, July 22, 7pm to 9pm. Adult £18, Child £10, under 5 free, Family £45.

The HandleBards present A Mid-Summer Nights Dream: Saturday, August 5, 7pm to 9pm. Adult £19.50, Under 18 £12.50, Under 10 FREE.

Eagle Ukes Band with the Friends of Kiplin Hall: Saturday, August 19, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Friend £10, Adult £12, Child £5.

Peter Pan with Slapstick Picnic: Thursday, August 24, 7pm to 9pm. Adult £19.50, Under 18 £12.50, Under 10 FREE.

Ey up Monday with Story Craft Theatre: Mondays July 31, August 7, 14 and 21. Included with admission. Hear dramatised stories of life from past Kiplin residents and enjoy family friendly craft activities.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Story Craft Theatre’s Janet and Cassie, from York will be at Kiplin to entertain visitors during