Welcome to The Stage at St Mary’s. A unique venue in the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale hosting an exciting and varied events programme. Come and be inspired!

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Two wealthy families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are at war. Their feud has been long and bitter. But when Romeo, Montague’s son, gatecrashes Capulet’s party in disguise, everything changes. There he meets Juliet, Capulet’s daughter, and the pair fall into an intense, forbidden love that sets in motion a chain of events leading to a devastating conclusion. From a secret rendezvous in a moonlit garden to a fateful duel under the scorching Verona sun, Shakespeare masterfully explores the enduring power of love, revenge and fate in one of his best-loved stories. But the surprising thing about this iconic tragedy is that it’s extremely funny too! Performed by Illyria in the great outdoors, this fast-paced, polished, beautifully spoken production has been created using only the First Folio text, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s plays. Illyria first performed this terrific play more than two decades ago to critical acclaim worldwide. This summer it returns for a third time: passionate, poetic, and utterly gripping!

Please bring your own seating/rug, suitable clothing and a picnic. We’d recommend suncream/hats/insect repellent or raincoats/warm clothing, depending on the weather. No umbrellas, please. Picnics warmly encouraged.
Only assistance dogs are permitted. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Care should be taken on access paths, especially in inclement conditions.

*All tickets carry a small booking fee shown at time of purchase

Gates Open at 6:00pm – Starts at 7:00pm
Running time (approx):  2hrs 20mins (inc 20 minute interval)

Suitable for all ages. Please click the link to see our explanation of suitability

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I book tickets to events at St Mary’s, Kirkby Lonsdale?

Tickets are available direct from our website. Simply click the ‘More Info’ button next to your chosen event and you’ll be taken to a full description plus a ‘Get Tickets’ option. Digital tickets will be sent via email. If you have a smartphone, there’s no need to print tickets out – just present your digital tickets at the door. If you have any difficulty booking, please call Diane on 07850 159237.

Is parking available at St Mary’s?

St Mary’s is situated at the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale, a Georgian market town in a picturesque South Lakes location. Unfortunately, the compact and historic nature of the town means that parking is limited. Although there is no parking directly outside the church, there are a number of public car parks just a few minutes’ walk away (map). Audience members with mobility issues can be dropped off at the western entrance (Fairbank). Please do not park on double yellow lines.

How accessible is St Mary’s Church?

There is level, paved access to the church from the Fairbank entrance with good access into the church itself (no steps) through the main doors on the southern side. Wheelchairs can be accommodated and space reserved – please email All our events have free carer tickets available (one per paid booking) for those who need dedicated support.

Can I buy refreshments?

We plan to offer a pop-up bar facility at St Mary’s events. Depending on our seating plans and audience numbers, you can expect to choose from a selection of soft drinks, wine and beer, as well as a limited range of snacks. For traditional concert-style performances, refreshments with be available before the show and during the interval (interval drinks can be ordered before the performance starts). At cabaret-style events, drinks will be available to purchase throughout the evening. Audience members will usually be invited to bring their own picnic/drinks to outdoor events on the Glebe.

Where will outdoor events be held?

We’re planning a programme of outdoor events for the summer months. These will be held on the Glebe – an enclosed, grassed area to the north of St Mary’s and situated a short stroll from the church (see map). Gates from the churchyard will normally be opened 30-45 minutes before the event and directions will be signposted. No seating will be provided for these events – you’ll need to bring a blanket or folding chairs, as well as weather-appropriate clothing and accessories (though no umbrellas, please). WC facilities are available in the church.

Can I book allocated seating?

Seating isn’t allocated. If you’re attending a traditional concert-style event, you can expect to be seated on pews (feel free to bring a cushion!). If you’ve booked tickets for a cabaret-style performance, you’ll be seated at tables. Feel free to send an email if you’ve booked multiple tickets for a group and would like to share a table –

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