Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Emma – Outdoor Theatre


By Jane Austen


Enjoy theatre in Gilbert White’s Garden with Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s performance of Emma.

For the first time since 2012, Chapterhouse Theatre Company is thrilled to return to the open-air stage this summer with Laura Turner’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Set in the fictional village of Highbury, young Emma Woodhouse – described in the novel’s first sentence as ‘handsome, clever, and rich’ – develops a penchant for matchmaking after she successfully pairs off two of her friends. But it soon transpires that amidst her plotting, Emma finds herself stuck in the middle of a tangled web…


“It’s been a pleasure to be involved with Chapterhouse’s productions over the last decade and this year is no exception. I’m delighted to see some of my favourite classic stories coming to life on stage, and I hope audiences young and old alike find plenty to enjoy in 2020’s array of shows.”

Laura Turner, Scriptwriter


“We are thrilled to still be joining our audiences at beautiful venues for this, our twenty-first year as a company. We’ve brought back some of our most popular, best-loved shows from over the last two decades, including Emma, which was last toured eight years ago. I am excited to be working with our creative teams of actors and directors, as well as with Laura Turner, who beautifully adapts the shows for the stage.”

Richard Main, Artistic Director and Producer

Sunday 30th August, 7.30pm

Adult £17 / Child £10 / Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £48 / Family (1 Adult & 3 Children) £42

10% discount for parties of 10 or more

Gates open at 6.00pm.

Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. The performance will take place outside on the lawn in front of the house. Our cafe will be open for food and refreshments.

Parking will be in the Ewel Field: GU34 3JB


  • Start Date: 30 Aug 20
  • End Date: 30 Aug 20
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

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Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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