DESCRIBED as “mad, bad and dangerous to know” by one of his many lovers, Lord Byron is one of the most enigmatic Britons in history, with a legacy as exciting and as multifaceted as his life.

A lauded romantic poet nonpareil, and freethinking politician and revolutionary, Byron left his mark in many sphere’s of the globe’s cultural and political map.

His was a rambunctious journey from headstrong and promiscuous youth to political radical and freedom fighter, before his untimely death at the age of 36.

This weekend the story of the aristocratic icon will be brought to life as part of an extraordinary drama.

For one night only Dean Productions will present The Adventure of Lord Byron, a one-man outdoor performance among the fitting Tudor-esque lawns of Turton Tower.

Dean, who will be performing the show, said that while Byron may be known for the excesses of his early life, he does not believe the poet has been given the fair historical treatment he deserves.

He said: “Byron had this dichotomy. There were two sides to his life ­— the very hedonistic first half and the freedom fighter. He was a humanitarian above all else.

“Most historical accounts remember him not just for his poetry but for his extravagant escapades but later he was exiled in Europe and the Greeks even tried to make him king.

“It all sounds very heavy but it’s not. The treatment is very light and we’re trying to put the adventure in a modern context.”

The play has been written by the 93-year-old former Bolton School master Dennis Crompton who has previously collaborated with Dean on explorations and attempted rehabilitations of other traditionally derided figures, including Richard III and Oliver Cromwell.

Dean said: “For the last few years few years we have concentrated on figures throughout history whose biographies have not based entirely on history and are somewhat unfair.

“But we are not pedantic with it and people can make up their own minds at the end.”

He added: “Hopefully the good weather will prevail and there’s nothing better than sitting out in the sunshine and being told a story with friends and family, quaffing away and taking in a Melton Mowbray.”

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Adventures of Lord Byron will be performed from 6pm on August 3 at Turton Tower in Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross.

Tickets priced £12, or £10 each for groups of six or larger, will be available on the gate or by calling 01772 466256 or at