A PLAY portraying the story of the last two squires of Erddig Hall is to return for four more performances, it has been confirmed.

The Leader reported recently how the story brothers Philip and Simon Yorke, had been brought to life in a new production.

Two local performers have been wowing the crowds at Erddig with their depiction of the last two squires.

On the seven dates that The Brothers Yorke has been performed in the grounds, a total of 597 people have watched the show.

The play, which lasts forty five minutes, tells the story of how the two brothers - one introvert, the other extrovert and eccentric - fight to save the house from destruction.

Peter Read, who wrote the play and acts the part of Philip Yorke, is joined by Eric Jones as Simon.

Mr Read and Mr Jones have now been asked to stage the play on two more dates - Sunday, September 15 and Sunday, October 20.

On both those occasions the play will be performed twice at 2pm and then at 3.30pm.

The actors and the staff of Erddig Hall are thrilled by the response to the play.

Mr Read explained: "We have been amazed to see the benches fill up long before start time.

"On some occasions people have been standing to watch as there were no more seats."

This is the third play Mr Read has written for The National Trust about the Yorkes and he is hoping to adapt the scripts into a ninety minute play which can then be taken on tour.

Describing his research, Mr Read said: "I spent several hours in the archives in Hawarden reading the letters and musings of Simon and I suddenly realised there was a very strong story emerging.”