Outdoor theatre at Emmetts Garden this summer

Poster for The Lord Chamberlain's Men's performance of Shakespeare's As You Like It

This summer the theatre is heading back to Emmetts Garden with three outdoor shows! See The Secret Garden by New Creations Collective, The Importance of being Ernest by Slapstick Picnic, Shakespeare's As You Like It performed by The Lord Chamberlain's Men, and the family favourite, Rapunzel from Immersion Theatre. Early booking is recommended as tickets sell fast.

The Secret Garden

New to Emmetts Garden this year, join New Creations Collective with their performance of The Secret Garden. Join Mary on her journey to discovering The Secret Garden in this family-friendly, dance adaptation of the best-selling novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Performed by an accomplished cast of dancers and musicians, the iconic story is brought to life like never before, in this high-quality, one-hour ballet. With a brand-new score and original choreography, The Secret Garden offers an enchanting, unforgettable experience for adults and children alike. 

Immerse yourself fully in the story this summer at Emmetts Garden, outside on the meadow.

Mary from The Secret Garden dances in a blue dress

The Secret Garden by New Creations Collective

Join New Creations Collective for The Secret Garden on Saturday 11 June at 2.30pm. Tickets are £16 for Adults and £8 for a child. This is an external event, please see here for more details and to book.

The Importance of being Ernest

Join Slapstick Picnic in the beautiful grounds of Emmetts Garden for their rather unique version of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest! 

Slapstick Picnic present a fantastically wild(e) new production, ripping up the recipe book and celebrating silliness. Prepare to witness the impossible - the entirety of Oscar Wilde’s classic play of manners, affairs and handbags being performed by just two rather dashing entertainers.

Doors open at 6pm, so bring a picnic and come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Cast of Slapstick Picnic in The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest by Slapstick Picnic

Join Slaptick Picnic for their unique rendition of The Importance of Being Ernest. Sunday 10 July, 7pm-9pm; gates open at 6pm for picnics. Tickets: £16 early bird (until 30 May), £18 Adult, £11 Child, free to under 10s. This is an external event, please see here for more details and to book.

As You Like It

Following last year’s hugely successful tour of Macbeth, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, return with a joyous and celebratory production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Separately, Rosalind and her dear friend Celia, the noble Orlando, and the usurped Duke Senior and his courtiers get banished and set up new lives in the Forest of Arden. Free from the constraints of their former lives lovers tussle, wits and fools spar, familial bonds are challenged, and everyone wrestles with what it really means to be yourself.

This open air production is ‘See it Safely’ compliant and will adhere to government and industry COVID safety guidance, ensuring every effort is made to protect audiences and company members at all times.

Poster for The Lord Chamberlain's Men's performance of Shakespeare's As You Like It

Join The Lord Chamberlain's Men for As You Like It at Emmetts Garden

This summer, join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men with their latest performance of As You Like It. Coming to Emmetts on Thursday 11 August; gates open at 6pm for picnics and the performance starts at 7pm. £17 for adults, £10 for children. Booking fee applies. This is an external event, please see here for more details and to book.


Join Immersion Theatre for their production of Rapunzel at Emmetts Garden; the perfect treat for the whole family!

Let your hair down and get tangled in a brand-new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, as Immersion Theatre proudly presents a witty, pantomimic, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the family favourite. Complete with a laugh out loud script, a host of catchy songs, heaps of audience interaction, and an exciting array of larger-than-life characters, this is one hair-raising adventure your family won’t want to miss!

The view across the picnic meadow at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Join Immersion Theatre for Rapunzel at Emmetts Garden

On a summer's afternoon watch the Immersion Theatre Company in the family favourite story of Rapunzel. Tuesday 23 August; open for picnics at 3.30pm, starting at 4pm. This is an external event, please see here for more details and to book.

Check back here soon for more shows!

What to bring

To enjoy our theatre productions in comfort please bring along either a picnic blanket or chairs to sit on. Please bring along your booking confirmation to show to our Welcome Team on arrival.

The performance is fully outdoors so please dress and pack for the weather on the day. That may mean sunhats and sunglasses but the show will go on even if it rains, so you may want to pack waterproof coats as well.


You are welcome to arrive early to enjoy a picnic before the performance. For As You Like It, the gates will open at 6pm for picnics. If you arrive earlier to visit the garden, you will need to pay for admission.

Please note that barbecues are not permitted within Emmetts Garden.

Suitable ages

Rapunzel is aimed at 4+. All under 3's go free.