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Go Wilde at Preston Park

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WHAT better place to spend a summer's evening than watching outdoor theatre in the grounds of one of Stockton Borough's most beautiful parks?

On 21 August, Stockton Council's Preston Hall Museum & Park becomes the venue for one of the greatest comedies of all time - Oscar Wilde's, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Rain or Shine Theatre Company will be performing Wilde's classic comedy of manners, morals and morality in the Walled Bandstand Garden of the park.

The play sees two Victorian gentlemen assume the name of 'Ernest' to win the affections of two ladies - both who are determined to marry a man of that name. This sets the scene for some hilarious confusion.

Councillor Mary Womphrey, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "Where better to spend a perfect evening than the grounds of the beautiful Preston Hall Museum & Park watching this very funny play about the English upper class? Bring a picnic and make the most of the al fresco performance while the actors entertain you."

The performance starts at 7pm but the grounds are open from 5.30pm for theatre-goers wanting to picnic. Outdoor seating is not provided so bring your own low-backed seating or rugs and remember to dress for the weather!

Tickets are priced £10, with £8 for concessions and £6 for children. They are available from Stockton Council's Tourist Information Centre in The Shambles (tel: 01642 528130) or from the shop at Preston Hall Museum (tel: 01642 527375). Tickets can also be bought online at All tickets are non-refundable.

The Importance of Being Earnest is just one of the exciting events on offer throughout the year at the Museum & Park which is owned and operated by Stockton Council. Find out about forthcoming events at

Preston Hall Museum & Park is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 4.30pm. Call (01642) 527375 for information.

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