BETRAYAL, ill-treatment and the magic arts are coming to East Riddlesden Hall this summer.

They’re the ingredients for the latest outdoor Shakespeare production from the hugely-popular Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

The touring theatre company is returning to the National Trust manor house on August 22 to perform drama classic The Tempest.

The Tempest, described as a spellbinding play of high comedy and tender love, will be performed in a fast-paced production by the all-male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.

The Tempest is a tale of magic, deception, revenge and marriage, set on a remote island where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place.

Prospero raises a tempestuous storm making his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples believe that they have been shipwrecked on the island.

Prospero’s intrigues bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the king, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.

Peter Stickney, artistic director with The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, described The Tempest as Shakespeare’s late, great gem.

He said: “The play examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.

“I can’t think of anything more perfect for a summer’s evening than a classical re-telling of this soaring drama set against the background of some of the nation’s most magical outdoor venues.

“Bring a chair and a picnic and spend a glorious summer evening watching this enchanting production of one of Shakespeare’s finest plays.”

The lower field at East Riddlesden Hall will be open from 6.30pm with the performance starting at 7.30pm. Ice creams will be on sale before curtain-up and during the interval.

Tickets for The Tempest are £14 for adults, and £7 for under-18s.

Visit or call 0344 249 1895 to book tickets.

East Riddlesden Hall is run by conservation charity the National Trust, which was founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy.

Independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 778 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

More than 24 million people visit every year, and the National Trust has five million members and over 65,000 volunteers.