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Kilworth House Theatre


Kilworth House is a small country house, built in 1888 by A E Purdie for J B N Entwisle. The house is now a boutique hotel, and in 2007 an open air theatre was built in the grounds, near to the lake. A largely wooden construction, it has a bar tucked in beneath and behind the stalls rake, with the technical (sound and lighting) box above. Seating for 540 is in a single rake of padded seats, with sail-like canopies covering both seating and the stage. Reminiscent of other open air and private country house theatres, the audience are invited to arrive early and picnic in the grounds prior to a performance.

During the winter, theatre performances also take place in the Victorian Orangery - a beautiful Grade II* listed conservatory of cast iron and wood with plain and stained leaded glass.

Built / Converted
Dates of use
  • 2007 : continuing.
Current state
Current use
Theatre (covered open air theatre in hotel grounds)
Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth House, North Kilworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6JE, England
Further details
Other names
  • 2007 Use: continuing.
  • 2007 Design/Construction: open air theatre constructed in the grounds of Kilworth House Hotel.
  • Capacity
  • Listing
    Not listed
    Kilworth House is Grade II, and the Conservatory (Orangery) Grade II*
Stage type
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Orchestra pit: -