If you didn’t get enough of Capability Brown last year—the 300th anniversary of his birth—then you’re in luck. Next month, a new play—‘a complex story of love, loss and disagreements’ with live music and extravagant costumes—will premiere at Burton Constable Hall, East Yorkshire. Mr Brown’s Directions will offer a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on how the ‘Shakespeare of gardening’ plotted his grand landscapes, as it’s based on a series of minutes recorded by the estate’s steward, John Raines, during Brown’s visits to Burton Constable between 1772 and 1782.
‘Mr Brown’s Directions is quite extraordinary,’ comments Ceryl Evans, director of the Capability Brown festival, ‘and [brings to life] the only records of this kind showcasing Brown’s work. To hear the conversations he had and see the plans he made provides a fabulous insight into Brown’s mind and how he communicated with his clients.’
There will be four performances: 2pm and 7pm on both friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11. Afternoon tickets include tea in the Great Hall; evening perfomances include refreshments. To book, telephone 01482 392699 or visit www.litup.org.uk.
An extravagant play will bring Capability Brown’s work at Burton Constable to life