Pendley Manor Hotel

  • About
    In 1947, two years after the opening of Pendley as a Centre of Adult Education, an open day was held at the end of July, each of the groups meeting regularly at Pendley every week displaying their wares, including the Drama Group. They presented some five or six scenes from Shakespeare, including a scene from Macbeth in the gardens.




    Following the success of this presentation, the next year the group presented famous love scenes, using for the first time the 'big' stage, over 80ft wide with the magnificent yew hedge background and 100ft high flanking Canadian firs.

    The next year a full production was presented of Henry V111 and the Festival was born… 1950 saw the first floodlit production, and by 1954 such was the success of the Festival it was decided to present two productions, Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream.



    Records show that, up to 1964, over 70 performances of the plays had been given, attended by approximately 30,000 people. Over 300 people had been numbered in the casts, and over 40 horses had taken part! Dorian's last production was in 1983 and he died in 1985, although with the exception of 1988 when the Manor was being refurbished, the Festival continued.

    A stunning firework display celebrated the 50th anniversary in 1999 and in 2001 Sarah Branston took over the running of the festival. Sarah's parents met at the festival, during Love's Labour's Lost, and Jennie gave birth to Sarah during As You Like It. Due to the hotel's expansion and leisure centre project, the performances were moved along side the hotel's rose garden to a back drop of a leafy bank. Sarah, and her team, took this all in their stride. 2003's productions, Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives, and The Winter's Tale, saw record box office figures for recent years, and we achieved even greater results in 2004 with A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night.
  • Built in
    1945
  • Capacity
    700
  • Address
    Cow Lane
    Tring
    HP23 5QY
  • Booking Contact
    01442 891891
  • Tech Contact
    01442 891891
  • Website

Connected Mandy members:

Joanne Rothery
2019, The Merry Wives of Windsor
Robin
Shauna Gavaghan
2019, Merry Wives of Windsor
Mistress Page
Shauna Gavaghan
2019, Macbeth
Witch 1
Joanne Rothery
2019, Macbeth
Witch
Joanne Rothery
2018, Richard III
Lord Mayor
Ben Howarth
Ben Howarth
Actor
2018, Richard III
Murderer 2 (George)
Sandrine Enryd Karlsson
Sandrine Enryd Karlsson
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Pendley Shakespeare Festival
ASM
Joanne Rothery
2018, Much Ado About Nothing
Antonia
Ben Howarth
Ben Howarth
Actor
2018, Much Ado About Nothing
Verges
Joanne Rothery
2017, The Taming of the Shrew
Petruchio's house maid
James Eley
James Eley
Actor
2017, The Taming of the Shrew
Lucentio
Katie Nightingale
2017, The Taming of the Shrew
Biondello
Mimi Brown
Mimi Brown
Actor
2017, Romeo and Juliet/Taming of the Shrew
Ethereal Maid (Vocalist)/Isabella (Maid)
Joanne Rothery
2017, Romeo and Juliet
Lord/Lady Montague
James Eley
James Eley
Actor
2017, Romeo and Juliet
Tybalt
Katie Nightingale
2017, Romeo and Juliet
Rosaline/Ethereal
Tayla Kenyon
Tayla Kenyon
Actor
2017, Romeo & Juliet
Juliet
Joanne Rothery
2016, The Tempest
Nymph
Tom Williams
Tom Williams
Director, Assistant
2016, The Tempest
Ariel
Clementine Salvi-Offer
Clementine Salvi-Offer
Costume Assistant
2016, The Tempest
Costume Assistant and Set Construction