The Barn Theatre
The bespoke theatre was converted from one of the oldest and finest tithe barns in the country, to an intimate performance venue. It's stage having been added by Lady Warwick in 1913. Playing host to many theatrical performances and events throughout the years, the Barn Theatre boasts visits from high society, headline acts and literary greats enjoying technicolour events.
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. The theatre has also hosted the educational “Plowden Conference” with both Lady Plowden and Margaret Thatcher delighted by the venue.
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.
Lady Warwick, a notable beauty, was known as “my darling Daisy” by her admirers, including The Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, 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.
Following more recent restoration and renovations, the Barn Theatre today is a stylish venue which is available for hire for a variety of Events. Including, Weddings, Parties, Plays , Concerts, Exhibitions and all kinds of family functions.