The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence.

What's On

Evening, Families, Music, film & theatre

The Lord Chamberlain's Men - Hamlet

Thu 1 August 2024

6pm – 9:15pm

Grounds
Adult £21.00, Child £11.50 Includes shuttle bus

Booking coming soon.

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Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer, in their 20th year, for arguably the greatest play in the English language, Hamlet.

With a history stretching back to William Shakespeare’s original company, they present this great play as he first saw it – in the open air, with an all male cast and Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”

Returning home from university for his father, the King of Denmark’s funeral, which is also the occasion of his mother’s remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet the Prince, is visited by the ghost of his father. The ghost reveals that his brother, Hamlet’s uncle, now stepfather and King, killed him and he urges Hamlet to take revenge. Driven to distraction by the grief of his father’s death and what lies ahead of him, Hamlet is forced to confront his deepest fears and in doing so questions himself, those around him and the very nature of existence.

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”

Thrilling, moving and deeply human this stunning play seeks answers to life’s biggest questions and, in doing so, holds up a mirror to all our natures.

“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all”

Bring a chair and a picnic and prepare to be entertained and transported. Book early to avoid missing out!

Authenticity | Excellence | Magic

By car the postcode is HP18 0JH, Silk Street, Waddesdon.

Please note that satnavs sometimes try to route across private gated roads on the surrounding estate. Our only entrance is off the A41 within the village of Waddesdon.

From Bicester: Turn right into the Manor entrance shortly after entering the village

From Aylesbury: Turn left into the Manor entrance immediately after passing the Five Arrows Hotel.