HALL OF FAME...
The bespoke theatre, originally built for a family’s personal amusement and entertainment, was converted from one of the oldest and finest tithe barns in the country, to an intimate performance venue with the addition of gas lighting and a stage by Lady Warwick in 1913. Playing host to many theatrical performances and events through the years in which the great and the good of the acting world flocked to perform, the Barn Theatre boasts visits from high society, headline acts and literary greats enjoying technicolour events.
Lady Warwick, a keen cyclist and notable beauty, was known as “my darling Daisy” by her admirers (including The Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, with whom she shared a nine-year affair), and was the inspiration for the popular music hall song “Daisy Bell, Bicycle Made for Two”.
In Edwardian times Ellen Terry frequently took to the stage with her poetry readings and acting scenes from Romeo and Juliet with Lady Warwick, while during World War I, H G Wells (who lived on the estate) and his son Gip starred in Midsummer Night’s Dream. Between the wars, the Teachers’ Annual Summer School was held in The Barn Theatre with a variety of visiting lecturers including George Bernard Shaw.
Headline acts include Hermione Baddeley, Gracie Fields, Charlie Chaplin and George Formby and more recently stars including Rowan Atkinson, Tim Rice, Bill Cotton and Esther Rantzen have graced the stage and has also hosted the educational “Plowden Conference” with both Lady Plowden and Margaret Thatcher delighted by the venue. I
Little Easton Manor and its glorious grounds have also featured in many films and TV productions including an Edgar Wallace thriller and ‘Midshipman Easy’, The Fear, Lovejoy and EastEnders.