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Access to the house by wheelchair or for those who have trouble climbing stairs is made very easy by a purpose built lift installed during the restoration. The only area not accessible is the Library, however staff can provide a short video showing the appearance of the room. Fully accessible toilets are available, as well as a hearing loop in the shop.

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Music & Theatre

Play: Tea with Oscar Wilde

Saturday 11 June 2016 19:30  

Ladies, Gentlemen, Etc… You are cordially invited to the 1890’s wittiest “Chit-Chat” show where a gay time is guaranteed! You’ll be ‘Wilde’ about who he has on his chaise…

Pre-show dining available in the scenic Cloister Coffee House. Dinners should pre-book table in the tickets section (no charge) and arrive at the cafe for 5.30pm on the evening. the bistro menu is available to view here

Recommended 16+


Fiachra Garvey: Piano works inspired by Pastoral, Fantasy & Folk Themes

Thursday 16 June 2016 19:30  

Fiachra Garvey graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class honours and distinction in the MA in Music Performance. Fiachra has been a prizewinner at AXA Dublin, EU Prague, Collioure and Jaques Samuel International piano competitions and received the 2011 “Rising Star” award from the National Concert Hall Dublin. Concerto appearances include Janacek Philharmonic, RTE NSO and Concert Orchestras, RIAM Symphony and Hibernian Orchestras.

Join Fiachra in the beautiful Waldegrave Drawing Room for an evening of music inspired by pastoral, fantasy and folk to include pieces by Beethoven, Bartok and Schumann.

Pre-show dining available in the scenic Cloister Coffee House. Dinners should pre-book table in the tickets section (no charge) and arrive at the cafe for 5.30pm on the evening. the bistro menu is available to view here.


Katya Lazareva & Calin Andrei: Illumination of Spring Gardens

Thursday 23 June 2016 19:30  

The magical – and somewhat edgy – air of London’s 18th Century pleasure gardens was largely down to lighting. In the days before electricity the sight of hundreds of oil lamps illuminating the trees and bushes must have been sensational.

Katya Lazareva and Calin Andrei will present a wonderful programme of pieces by Mozart, Bach, Halvorsen (Theme by Handel), Spohr, Kaliwoda and Martinu which will evoke the atmosphere of the pleasure gardens in your imagination.

Pre-show dining available in the scenic Cloister Coffee House. Dinners should pre-book table in the tickets section (no charge) and arrive at the cafe for 5.30pm on the evening. the bistro menu is available to view here.


Follia: 'Into this Enchanted Place...'

Thursday 30 June 2016 19:30  

In Strawberry Hill’s sumptuous Gallery listen to music composed specifically for the 18th Century Pleasure Gardens of London.

Immensely popular Baroque ensemble Follia perform songs and instrumental music by Handel, Chilcott, Johann Christian Bach, Abel and the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Performers

Elin Harries (soprano)

Diane Moore and Johannes Gebauer (baroque violins)

Ibrahim Aziz (viola da gamba)

Yeo Yat-Soon (harpsichord)

Pre-show dining available in the scenic Cloister Coffee House. Dinners should pre-book table in the tickets section (no charge) and arrive at the cafe for 5.30pm on the evening. the bistro menu is available to view here.


The HandleBards present Romeo and Juliet

Friday 8 July 2016 19:00  

A side-splitting, bicycle-powered production
of Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet.


Described by none other than Sir Ian McKellen
as “uproariously funny”, the HandleBards present Shakespeare’s plays as you’ve never seen them before - fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle-powered.


Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5000 miles across the world, carrying all their
set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s
death, sees the first outing of their all-female troupe.

On 8 July they’re stopping off at Strawberry Hill House, to perform their side-splitting production
of Shakespeare’s epic tale of two lovers who’ve
everything stacked against them. Expect a
“gloriously eccentric and very, very
funny” (The Stage, on A Midsummer Night
’s Dream) night, delivered on eight very sore legs. The girls will be accompanied by live music from a local musician.

www.handlebards.com

Described by Sir Ian McKellen
as “uproariously funny”, the four-strong all-female HandleBards perform fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle-powered Shakespeare plays.

Expect a “gloriously eccentric and very, very funny” (The Stage, on A Midsummer Night’s Dream) side-splitting production of Romeo And Juliet.

This event will go ahead rain or shine so be prepared to wear wellies or sandals! 

Seating not provided, please bring your own blanket, camping chair or bean bag.

Pre-show dining available in the scenic Cloister Coffee House. Dinners should pre-book table in the tickets section (no charge) and arrive at the cafe for 5pm on the evening. the bistro menu is available to view here.

All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Yeo Yat-Soon: The Carillon of Cythera - Enchanted Gardens in 16th and 18th Century

Thursday 14 July 2016 19:30  

Prize-winning harpsichordist and distinguished teacher Yeo-Yat Soon returns to Strawberry Hill with a fascinating programme of music inspired by gardens of enchantment and composed by William Byrd, William Lawes, Francois Couperin, Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer and George Frideric Handel.

Pre-show dining available in the scenic Cloister Coffee House. Dinners should pre-book table in the tickets section (no charge) and arrive at the cafe for 5.30pm on the evening. the bistro menu is available to view here.


Airs for the season

Thursday 21 July 2016 19:30  

Please note the date of this event has changed to 21st July

Flute, harp and ‘cello sounds like such an obvious combination to modern ears, that is hard to believe that it was was a relatively new concept in the 18th Century. Although all three achieved recognisable forms in the late 17th Century, each was undergoing rapid developments in construction and design and composers were beginning to explore the way in which their tones and timbres, quite unlike their modern counterparts, interacted with each other.

Here we explore a programme of music from the cutting edge on the late 18th Century, including a trio composed for harpist Edward Jones by J C Bach, sonatas with continuo by Abel, Cirri, and Paxton, and a selection of charming suites by James Oswald, each named after a seasonal plant of flower, and maybe a social dance tune or two.

Performers

Rosemary Edwards (Baroque violoncello)

Mike Parker (Single-action harp)

William Summers one-keyed flute 

Pre-show dining available in the scenic Cloister Coffee House. Dinners should pre-book table in the tickets section (no charge) and arrive at the cafe for 5.30pm on the evening. the bistro menu is available to view here.


Gerald Place &Dorothy Linell: Let us Garlands Bring: a garden for Shakespeare

Thursday 28 July 2016 19:30  

Songs & dances including settings of Shakespeare by Dowland, Johnson, Campian & Morley, and poetry and prose by Shakespeare, Spenser, Breton, Nashe & Bacon exploring The Succession of Sweet Months and The Lovers' Garden.

The programme features many of the songs from the plays, all in settings of the period, both familiar and unfamiliar. Readings from his contemporaries explore both the fantasy pastoral scene and the very real world of creating a garden in Elizabethan England.

Pre-show dining available in the scenic Cloister Coffee House. Dinners should pre-book table in the tickets section (no charge) and arrive at the cafe for 5.30pm on the evening. the bistro menu is available to view here.


Murder Mystery: A Shot in the Dark!

Saturday 22 October 2016 19:00  

Welcome to the 1930s where this dastardly murder will keep you guessing until the end.

Events unfold on the wonderful Darling Estate. Join an assortment of guests as they prepare for a pheasant shoot and look forward to their evening meal.

Who will die and how? With so many weapons being polished anything could happen! Solve this cunning murder mystery and find out for yourselves!

Dress up in your glad rags (1930s costume welcome) and join us at Strawberry Hill for the popular annual murder mystery evening. Your ticket includes a complimentary glass of fizz and three course meal.

Cash bar will be in operation during and after dinner. If you would like to book an entire table please book 10 places.


Pollock's Toy Theatre Perform Jack the Giant Killer

Friday 28 October 2016 14:30  

Fee-fi-fo-fum …. enjoy a family performance of a traditional Victorian pantomime presented by Pollock's Toy Theatre using a travelling theatre filled with tricks.

Both adults and children require a ticket for this performance. 

Over 5s. Children must be accompanied at all times.


Pollock's Toy Theatre Presents: The Castle of Otranto

Friday 4 November 2016 19:30  

Written by Horace Walpole in 1747, The Castle of Otranto was the first gothic novel. In the 19th Century it was reimagined and performed as a play and at this unique event Pollock's Toy Theatre will present Otranto the play in its original form. Using a travelling theatre, the performers will give a short historical introduction, explain topical jokes of the period and encourage the audience to see how Victorian theatre tricks work.

Pre-show dining available in the scenic Cloister Coffee House. Dinners should pre-book table in the tickets section (no charge) and arrive at the cafe for 5.30pm on the evening. the bistro menu is available to view here


Ghost Stories for Christmas

Saturday 3 December 2016 19:30  

In the macabre tradition of the BBC's classic 1970s programme, Ghost Stories for Christmas, we present a theatrical performance featuring new adaptations of classic spine-chillers. An evening of vengeful revenants, restless spirits and malevolent ghouls is guaranteed for those brave enough to join us!

Pre-show dining available in the scenic Cloister Coffee House. Dinners should pre-book table in the tickets section (no charge) and arrive at the cafe for 5.30pm on the evening. the bistro menu is available to view here.

Suitable for ages 11+


CORO

Sunday 11 December 2016 19:00  

By popular demand chamber choir Coro, accompanied by the Purcell Players, return for another Christmas concert in the glorious surroundings of Strawberry Hill.

Music to include seasonal pieces with some congregational carols.

Tickets include a complimentary drink and mince pie on arrival.

Suitable for ages 11+