Superb outdoor family entertainment at Tatton this summer


Two energetic classics are set to entertain outdoor theatre goers this summer as the Old Hall at Tatton Park prepares to welcome the brilliant Illyria Productions touring theatre again.

Exciting family fun in the form of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is performed on Sunday 19th July . The original boy-wizard story was most famously told in Disney’s Fantasia, where the title role was played by Mickey Mouse! Bored of chores, the apprentice waves a wand and a broom magically fetches water. But what is the spell to make it stop? In desperation he saws it in half and everything spirals out of control… This show features the original music by Paul Dukas (as used in Fantasia);  more water then you have EVER seen in a play before; and eye-popping magical illusions designed by the world famous illusionist Paul Daniels.  Exciting, magical family fun for all ages 5+!

On Saturday 15th August Illyria will be presenting Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. All for One - and One for All!  Young D’Artagnan  is desperate to join Athos, Porthos and Aramis as an elite Musketeer of the King’s Guard. To prove himself he plunges headlong into a thrilling adventure to restore the Queen’s honour, survive the machinations of scheming Cardinal Richelieu, race the clock to save the hapless Mme Bonancieux and cross swords with the deadly Milady de Winter. Set against a sweeping panorama of 17th century France at war, this production is a whirlwind of excitement, broad comedy and ingenious story-telling. Romance!  Swashbuckling!  Intrigue!  Murder!  Betrayal!  Revenge...!  It’s got the lot!


Mick Ricketts, Old Hall supervisor, said of this year’s Summer Theatre Season: “It’s always a pleasure to welcome Illyria to the backdrop of Tatton’s Old Hall. They’ve been entertaining us for a while now, never losing their freshness and popularity, nor indeed the plot. These two classic productions are ideal for showing off their talent and I for one can’t wait to see and hear Illyria’s magic, music and drama.”


Booking in advance essential

Book online  (Small booking fee for online processing)

Sunday 19th July Performance The Sorcerers Apprentice: TICKETS HERE: 

Saturday 15th August Performance The Three Musketeers:  TICKETS HERE:


Book by phone on 01625 374400 (No booking fee for phone payments)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Sunday, July 19th Adult £11, child £7, family £32 (2 adults, 2 children). Starts at 3pm, outside at the Old Hall.  

The Three Musketeers, Saturday, August 15th Adult £11, child £7, family £32 (2 adults, 2 children).  Starts at 6.30pm, outside at the Old Hall.

Details on the day

Theatre-goers are asked to bring their own low-backed chair, rug and picnic for outdoor performances and dress warmly.  Performances will go ahead whatever the weather (safety permitting). 


Enjoying outdoor theatre at the Old Hall is just one of over 101 things to do at Tatton Park. Launched last year this brand new campaign features 101 of the best possible experiences to be enjoyed at Tatton this year. These range from feeding Tatton’s deer their daily breakfast to singing happy birthday with a rare breed pig: watching the Vikings invade Tatton’s Old Hall to escaping in to a New Zealand rain forest

For further information about this release contact: Vicky Wilby, Marketing Manager      Tel: 01625 374417 / Email:

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit