Archive: Mar 2017

  1. Meet Mr Rochester

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    In April and June this year Haddon Hall will play host to live promenade performances of Jane Eyre.

    With matinee performances in April and special gala performances in June, Haddon will once again play the part of Thornfield Hall as the relationship between Jane and her Byronic employer takes shape.

    Mr Rochester will be played by Alastair Massey.

    After beginning his professional acting career at the age of thirteen when he appeared in Carlton Televisions hugely successful medical drama series Peak Practice, Alastair entered the Folk music arena, gigging frequently with John Tams, Coope Boyes and Simpson and Emily and Colin Baines.

    He trained at the prestigious Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre, graduating in 2007.

    Since graduating he has had the good fortune to play lead roles in such theatrical productions for The Capitol Theatre, Manchester as Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Macbeth, Robin Hood, Journey’s End, Look Back In Anger, Arcadia, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Kidnapped and The Three Musketeers.

    As well as understudying and playing lead roles in the Cameron Macintosh Ltd. musicals The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Miss Saigon. And Jekyll & Hyde and Sweeney Todd at the Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham.

    His work in Television and Film includes Carlton Televisions Peak Practice, Roots Mccarrot for Sam Jordon Productions, Gladstone’s Value for Peverill Productions Ltd and Shot at Dawn, Connections and A Remote Possibility, all for Hannah Edwards Productions.

    Alastair is incredibly honoured and excited to be playing Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre at Haddon Hall.

    > find out more and book tickets here


  2. Signs of Spring

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    Haddon Hall will reopen for the Spring season on Saturday 8th April.

    Possibly the most beautiful time of the year at Haddon, Spring heralds the blooming of flowers, crisp mornings and hazy afternoons. A highlight for this year will be our Easter exhibition and family-friendly Easter weekend featuring archery, an Easter egg hunt and Easter eggs created by Bakewell’s renowned artisan chocolatier, Holdsworth.

    The Summer months will hold their own delights, including an evening with Chelsea Gold Award Winning Gardener, Arne Maynard, gala performances of Jane Eyre and the Summer artisan market.

    We look forward to welcoming you to the Hall and gardens for another year.

    > view all events for 2017


  3. Easter at Haddon Hall

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    With four days of family friendly events and exhibitions, Haddon Hall is the ideal place to spend the Easter weekend.

    Situated in the heart of the Peak District, Haddon Hall will play host to age-old archery in the chapel fields, an Easter egg hunt hosted by the Easter Bunny and an exhibition delving into the traditions and rituals of this historic festival.

    Awash with spring flowers, Easter eggs inspired by the interiors at Haddon will be displayed around the Hall, created by Bakewell’s renowned artisan chocolatier, Holdsworth.

    From April 8th until May 1st, there will be opportunity to learn about the origins and customs of the Easter festival in Haddon’s Easter Exhibition, exploring traditions from Lent to Maundy money, Haddon’s hares to Easter bunnies, Simnel cakes, hot cross buns and many more. Absorb the intricate 15th Century carvings in Haddon’s Nottingham Alabaster reredos, which depicts the Passion and Resurrection of Christ as told in the Gospels.

    On Saturday, April 15th at 12pm in the Long Gallery, author Dr Patrick Harding will examine the fascinating history and folklore of the Easter Festival.

    From April 14th – 17th, visitors can learn the art of archery. Targets will be set up in the chapel fields and Haddon’s master bowman will be on hand with tips and advice. In Haddon Hall’s heyday, it was law that every able man over the age of 24 should be able to shoot a target at 220 yards!

    A set of six arrows is £2.50, open to all ages and abilities.

    On Sunday April 16th, an Easter Egg hunt will take place, with the Easter Bunny on hand to help find the eggs. There will also be an artist offering face painting for the children to enjoy for free.

    Entry for children is free with a paying adult, and all events are included within the general admission price unless stated otherwise.

    Haddon Hall Easter Admission Prices

    Adults £14.50
    Concessions £14.00
    Children FREE
    Car Parking £3 per car

  4. Jane Eyre at Haddon Hall – Live Performances

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    The choice location for many film-makers; Haddon Hall has played host to no less than three versions of ‘Jane Eyre’.

    In celebration of Haddon Hall’s connection to many adaptations of Jane Eyre, Lord and Lady Edward Manners have commissioned local writer Gillian Shimwell to create and produce an exciting new live promenade play called ‘Jane Eyre at Haddon Hall.’

    The play features costumed actors playing key roles from the novel, with visitors walking the hall alongside the characters.

    Matinee Performances – April

    These performances will take place on 4th, 5th and 6th of April at 2:30pm-4:15pm and 5pm-6:45pm each day. Arrive half an hour before the performance begins to enjoy light refreshments.

    Tickets: £30 per person
    Book online here.

    Gala Evening Performances – June

    These special performances will take place on 21st and 22nd June at 5pm-6:45pm each day. Arrive 1 hour before performance to enjoy a glass of Prosecco under the arch of the restaurant and then enjoy a three course meal after the play has ended in Haddon’s Restaurant.

    Tickets: £65 per person
    Book online here.