Outdoor theatre in the East of England
Watch re-imaginings of literary classics, see favourite children’s tales come to life or enjoy new dramatic works this summer.
Pride & Prejudice
Flatford - Saturday 15 June, 7pm
When Elizabeth Bennet meets the terse and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. Is there more to him than meets the eye though? Enjoy this adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, brought to life by Chapterhouse Theatre Company and award-winning writer Laura Turner.
Alice in Wonderland
Houghton Mill – Saturday 19 June, 6pm
Willington Dovecote and Stables - Friday 28 June, 6pm
Follow Alice and White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the notorious Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire cat and of course, the Mad-as a bat-Hatter!
Sense and Sensibility
Sheringham Park – Saturday 29 June, 6.30pm
Lyveden - Friday 2 August, 7pm
Wimpole Estate – Sunday 11 August, 7.30pm
Ickworth – Friday 16 August, 6.30pm
The ever-popular Pantaloons return with their unique adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel of scandal, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles. Enjoy this funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation featuring live music, audience interactive and romance.
Grange Barn - Thursday 22 August, 7.30pm
DOT Productions will also present their adaptation of this Jane Austin’s classic in August.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Hatfield Forest - Wednesday 3 July, 7.30pm
Oxburgh Hall - Thursday 18 July, 7.30pm
Ickworth - Sunday 25 August, 6.30pm
Lord Chamberlain’s Men make a return with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The enchanting Shakespearean comedy of mischievous fairies, confused lovers and rude mechanicals is an intoxicating tale of clarity from chaos, as tangled love gives way to happily ever after.
Much Ado About Nothing
Ickworth - Friday 5 July, 6.30pm
Lyveden - Tuesday 9 July, 6.30pm
The world's first cycling theatre company, The Handlebards, return this July! Join the troupe for this bicycle-powered production. With love stories, plotting, frivolity and melodrama - expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter.
Wind in the Willows
Hatfield Forest - Saturday 13 July, 5.30pm
Join Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger on their mad-cap adventures in Quantum Theatre’s brand new adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame classic – a treat for all the family!
St George and the Dragon Mummers’ Play
Grange Barn - Sunday 14 July, 11.30am & 2.15pm
The Mayflower Morris Men will perform their Mummers’ play in Paycocke’s Garden. Paycocke’s itself houses two of the earliest identifiable representations of Mummers in the carvings of its cart-way. Enjoy an afternoon in the garden with family or friends alongside some traditional entertainment.
The Jungle Book
Sheringham Park - 20 August, 6.25pm
Join Mowgli, Baloo, the fearsome Shere Khan and many other favourites in this brand new re-telling of a popular classic. Strange Fascinations bring a fast paced and exciting adventure for all the family in their show that features puppets, colourful characters, audience interaction and comedy.
Flatford - Saturday 31 August, 2pm
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this brand-new adaptation of everyone’s favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. When he stumbles across a coveted treasure map, young Jim Hawkins finds himself on an epic adventure in the hope of finding Treasure Island.
Wimpole Estate – Saturday 31 August, 7.30pm
Shakespeare's infamous Scottish tale will imaginatively be retold by The Three Inch Fools, a five-strong troupe of actors and their vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare's play. The fools do Shakespeare differently - a fast paced, musically-driven style, using all sorts of different instruments, plenty of multi-rolling and many a quick costume change along the way.