Event Detail

Start Date: August 27, 2024
End Date: August 28, 2024
Time: 7pm (Gates open at 6pm)
Adult £20
Child (16yrs & under) £12

Enjoy an unforgettable open-air theatre experience on the Croquet Lawn as The Lord Chamberlain’s Men bring Hamlet to Doddington Hall.

Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer, in their 20th year, for Hamlet, the greatest play in the English language. With a history stretching back to William Shakespeare’s original company, they present this great play as he first saw it – in the open air, with an all male cast and Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”

Returning home from university for his father, the King of Denmark’s funeral, which is also the occasion of his mother’s remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet the Prince, is visited by the ghost of his father. The ghost reveals that his brother, Hamlet’s uncle, now stepfather and King, killed him and he urges Hamlet to take revenge. Driven to distraction by the grief of his father’s death and what lies ahead of him, Hamlet is forced to confront his deepest fears and in doing so questions himself, those around him and the very nature of existence.

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”

Thrilling, moving and deeply human this stunning play seeks answers to life’s biggest questions and, in doing so, holds up a mirror to all our natures.

“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all”

Bring a chair and a picnic (or order a Doddington afternoon tea picnic box) and prepare to be entertained and transported. Make an evening of it by booking a delicious pre-event supper in the Grain Store Restaurant (see below). Book early to avoid missing out!

Authenticity | Excellence | Magic


Tuesday 27 August: BOOK NOW

Wednesday 28 August: BOOK NOW

7pm (Gates open at 6pm)

Adult: £20, Under 16s: £12

Please note that gates open one hour prior to the performance start timeRunning time approximately 2 hours 10 minutes including a short interval.



Make the most of your evening: Pre-order a Doddington afternoon tea picnic box or book a table for our pre-event supper in the Grain Store Restaurant. Extend your evening and enjoy a night away on the Doddington Estate with our special stay package. See below for details.

Pre-event Supper

Enjoy supper in our Grain Store Restaurant, just a stone’s throw from the Hall, before the performance begins at 7pm.

Celebrate the season with estate-grown produce and the finest locally sourced ingredients.

You’ll have early access to the Croquet Lawn prior to your supper so you can drop off your chairs and make sure to get a good spot.

The supper menu is £30 per person. Tables available at 5pm, 5.15pm, 5.30pm & 5.45pm.

Pre-booking is essential, please add to your order when purchasing tickets for Hamlet.

Picnic Boxes

Delight in a delicious selection of sandwiches, Hambleton’s special breed pork sausage roll, freshly baked fruit scones with clotted cream and jam as well as an array of famous Doddington sweet treats and an elderflower pressé. Add some sparkle with a mini bottle of prosecco.

There’s something to suit the whole family with traditional, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and children’s picnic boxes.

Adult £22 per person, Child £12 per person, Prosecco (20cl bottle) £8

Pre-ordering is essential, please add to your order when purchasing tickets for Hamlet.


Why not extend your evening and enjoy a night away in the beautiful setting of the Doddington Estate.

Available on Tuesday 27 August only, our special package includes:

  • A double room for 2
  • 2 tickets for Hamlet
  • Grain Store supper for 2 OR 2 Doddington afternoon tea picnic boxes with 2 mini prosecco
  • Breakfast for 2 the next morning in the Grain Store Café or Farm Shop Café
  • Complimentary entry to the Hall & Gardens the next day (28 August)

Delaval 3 package: £270 per couple

Tailor 1 package: £250 per couple

Tailor 2, 3 or 4 package: £230 per couple

Find out more about the Delaval & Tailor Rooms and view a virtual tour: CLICK HERE

Limited availability. To book, please click here. For more information please contact: stay@doddingtonhall.com / 01522 699162