Skipton BD23 3AE
Top UK production company PEEL is to bring the classic equine tale ‘Black Beauty’ to life this summer- with a unique dramatisation of the novel which will be performed at Broughton Open Air Festival.
As told through the eyes of the stallion, the story follows Black Beauty’s life as a work-horse in Victorian England - from his carefree days on a country farm, to a more gruelling existence pulling cabs in London.
Penned by Anna Sewell in 1877, the gripping story of friendship, trust and integrity has sold over 50 million copies across the globe and is firmly established as one of the best-selling works of all time.
Adapted for live dramatisation by Peel Heritage writer James Stone and directed by Dr Chris Ford, Black Beauty will be produced by the award-winning BBC playwright, Susannah Daley.
The drama will start in the beautiful grounds of Broughton Hall Estate and will move into the sumptuous walled-garden - where you will be able to take your spot on the lawn for the rest of the evening.
Broughton Hall’s award-winning restaurant ‘Utopia’ will be open to provide refreshments but guests are also encouraged to bring along their own picnics for the very best al-fresco dining experience!
Visitors to the festival will also get the chance to meet ‘Black Beauty’ and selected cast members in special pre-theatre workshops. A real-life horse will be on show in traditional 19th century work-attire, giving spectators the chance to see first-hand how horses formed a key part of the working infrastructure in Victorian England.
Please note, grounds will open at 5.30pm for evening performances and 12.30pm for matinees.
PEEL, Skipton, BD23 3AE