Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Opera at Bonkers Hall

I have commented before on the strange absence of Bonkers Hall from Ordnance Survey maps, and remarked that Nevill Holt near Market Harborough is the best approximation to it that you are likely to find.

This summer Grange Park Opera is staging performances of The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville at Nevill Holt.

I doubt that Lord Bonkers would settle for anything less than a complete performance of Wagner's Ring Cycle with the first Lady Bonkers (or possibly Elspeth Campbell) as Brunhilde, but it is good to see Bonkers Hall becoming the Glyndebourne of the East Midlands.


Anonymous said...

I'd always been tempted by the notion that Bonkers Hall was Bisbrooke Hall, near Uppingham...

Iain Sharpe said...

I'm not so sure how grand Bonkers Hall really is and fear his Lordship exaggerates. I notice from Who's who in the Liberal Democrats that Bonkers is rather coy about what rank in the peerage he is. I suspect he is a mere Viscount, whereas Rutland's premier nobleman is a Duke and has a very impressive pile in Belvoir Castle. Just as Bonkers tries to hide his being at a lower step in the peerage, he may well also exaggerate the grandeur of his family seat.