A summer of outdoor theatre

An outdoor theatre performance

The summer is here and what better way to enjoy it than with a summer evening of entertainment with our season of outdoor theatre.

The Merchant of Venice (Illyria)

Saturday 28 July, 6-8.30pm
The Merchant of Venice is a funny play that deals with serious issues - in particular the keeping of promises. Wealthy Antonio borrows money from Shylock, and both are so confident about his paying it back that they jokingly adopt a ridiculous agreement: that Antonio will give Shylock a pound of his flesh should he default. Then events conspire against him so that he cannot repay the loan. Meanwhile Bassanio risks everything in the hope of winning the hand of Portia in marriage. Admittedly he succeeds - but when she gives him a ring to keep, and he is compelled to give it away, what future for their domestic bliss?

Tickets: Adult £13, Plough supporters and family groups £10.
Booking: The Plough Arts Centre box office on 01805 624624 or visit their website www.theploughartscentre.or.uk

Treasure Island (Boxtree Productions)

Thursday 16 August, 6-8.30pm
When Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map amongst the possessions of the late 'Captain' Billy Bones, it hurtles him in to a cat and mouse game with dangerous pirates, taking him across the World to 'Treasure Island'. 

Will Jim find the treasure? Will he make it back to England? And should he trust the mysterious ship's cook, Long John Silver? 

With inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling we invite audiences to enjoy this classic tale of adventure, treasure and, of course, rum, in Boxtree Production's unique and energetic way!

Tickets: Adult £13, Plough supporters and family groups £10.
Booking: The Plough Arts Centre box office on 01805 624624 or visit their website: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Chapterhouse Theatre)

Friday 31 August, 6-8.30pm
Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters. From the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of Hearts, Alice’s journey couldn’t be filled with more adventure. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family in some of the UK and Ireland’s most stunning open-air theatre venues. 

Tickets: Adult £16, Child £10, Family £46.
Booking: The National Trust Central Box Office or online, see our What's on page for more information.


The tea-room will be open until the start of the performance at 6pm.

Important information

The performance will take place outdoors, regardless of the weather, we all know what the British weather can be like, so please be prepared and bring suitable clothing and protection from either the sun or rain. You will also need to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Sorry but we can't allow gazebos or tents to be put up. If you have any questions, please call 01271 850296.