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Helping you make the most of Rutland and Market Harborough living

Kilworth House Theatre: “A hidden gem of a venue… Beg, borrow or steal a ticket”


ILWORTH House Theatre is dedicated to producing and presenting large-scale professional musical theatre and is renowned for its sell-out shows. In 2016 the theatre was awarded the highly sought-after 5-Star Critics’ Choice Award for both of their summer productions. This year the season opens with “Guys and Dolls”, running from 29 May to 8 July. With showstopping numbers, a timeless story and some of the catchiest show tunes ever, it’s set to be a hit, and early booking is recommended. The enduringly popular family musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, which is 50 years old in 2018, then runs from 25 July to 2 September. To enhance the whole experience, guests have the option of dining before the show in the ornate Victorian Orangery, enjoying a picnic in the estate’s beautiful grounds or even staying overnight at the luxurious Kilworth House Hotel. It’s little wonder that this lovely venue attracts over 60,000 people in their summer season. Book early, as it does sell out.

The Seasons Art Class


F you’re in the market for something creative, The Seasons Art Class might be for you. It’s a friendly, informal class suitable for all abilities – complete beginners are very welcome. Students learn about the practical

Kilworth House Theatre, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6JE, 01858 881939. For more details, see

methods, tools and techniques for using oil paints, and all equipment and materials are provided. The only thing that students need to bring is an apron. Michael has been teaching and painting in oils for many years. He combines demonstrations with practice exercises and, mostly, lots and lots of painting – he is a big believer in learning by getting stuck in and putting brush to canvas. The

class covers a variety of genres, including landscapes, seascapes, still life, abstract, buildings, flowers etc. Also provided are free tea, coffee, biscuits and, quite often, cake! Classes are held every Wednesday, from 10am–1pm at Oakham Rugby Club. The next 12-week course starts on 14 March. For more details, contact Helen on 01832 273749.

Charity Single Launched R

UTLAND-based musician Paul McClure and TV actor James Sutton have joined forces with a charity music video and single release with Paul naming the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) as the recipient of his donation – he was recently named the first official “Ambassador” for the charity. Singer/Songwriter Paul, also known as The Rutland Troubadour, met actor James Sutton whilst working on the development of the independent romantic comedy “Made You Look”, directed by Martyn Chalk. Paul is writing the soundtrack to the film, which stars James, along with Gemma Oaten and Matt Di Angelo. James is best known for his recent roles in Hollyoaks and Emmerdale and says he bonded with Paul over their mutual love of music. “We thought it might be fun to make a video for ‘Baby That’s You’, which is one of my songs,” explains Paul. “The film company provided a crew, and we shot the video in one afternoon.” Paul and James will divide 100% of the profits from the sale of the single between their two chosen charities, with EMICS receiving Paul’s share. James has chosen “Once Upon A Smile”, a charity of which of he is patron in the north-west of England, to receive his donation. Paul added “We would be very grateful if as many people as possible would also ‘like’ and share the video by email, text and on social media platforms.” The full video can be viewed on Paul’s website and on YouTube, and the single is available on iTunes.

Dr Tim Gray (MBE), founder and Chair of EMICS expressed his delight at the charity being named as a beneficiary of the single. “We are thrilled at the opportunity not only to benefit financially from sales of the single but to raise awareness of the work of our volunteer doctors with a new audience of music lovers via social media.” For more details, see RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING MARCH 2018


Rutland Living March 2018  
Rutland Living March 2018