Brown’s back

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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

An ex­trav­a­gant play will bring Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown’s work at Bur­ton Con­sta­ble to life

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