Kilworth House Theatre
Kilworth House Theatre, recently renamed the Celia Mackay Theatre after its founder, is exquisitely set in a magical, wooded glade amidst the 38 acre estate of Kilworth House Hotel in South Leicestershire. It has long been nationally recognized as one of the foremost open air theatres in the UK, both for the standard of its productions and the high quality of its facilities.
The architecture of the theatre is stunning, with two soaring sail-like canopies protecting both the auditorium and the stage form the elements - so that the show goes on, whatever the weather.
The auditorium has 547 comfortable seats and the tiering of the auditorium ensures that every seat offers a perfect view of the expansive stage no matter where you are sitting. There is a special aura about open air theatre on a warm summer's evening and there can be no better way to experience professional productions of a standard rarely seen outside the West End, than amidst the magnificent surroundings of Kilworth House Theatre.
Kilworth House Theatre is the brainchild of Celia Mackay, who is the producer of all our productions and, when the theatre opened in 2007, her dream and vision was to present professional, musical theatre shows of West End standard but with tickets at a fraction of those of London prices - and free parking!
All our productions are created and produced exclusively for Kilworth, and our creative team, company and orchestra are all drawn from the West End. The acclaim that our productions consistently draws from both audiences and critics alike are testament to the superb standards Celia has created over the past sixteen years.
Hairspray in 2023 was Celia's 28th production at our wonderful and unique theatre.