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.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Paycocke's - Saturday 2 June, 7pm
Rayleigh Mount - Sunday 1 July, 2pm
Enjoy an open air performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by Three Inch Fools at Paycocke's and the Southend Shakespeare Company in the surroundings of Rayleigh Mount.
Grange Barn - Sunday 3 June, 7pm
Join the fabulous Three Inch Fools as they perform one of Shakespeare's most famous and influential plays in the dramatic setting of Coggeshall Grange Barn.
Willington Dovecote and Stables - Friday 29 June, 6pm
Houghton Mill - Saturday 30 June, 6pm
Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date. Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, a laugh-a-minute script and the opportunity to meet the characters after the show. This hilarious musical promises to have every member of the family entertained throughout.
Hatfield Forest - Thursday 5 July, 7.30pm
Oxburgh Hall - Thursday 19 July, 7.30pm
The Lord Chamberlain's Men return with this play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love, considered to be the last play Shakespeare wrote alone. The Tempest examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.
Sense and Sensibility
Flatford - Friday 13 July, 7.30pm
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer and venture into the exciting world of Jane Austen’s Regency society. This exquisite and lively tale follows two sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Sheringham Park - Saturday 21 July, 6.30pm
Everybody loves Ernest. In fact, Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to Ernest. The only trouble is, Ernest doesn’t exist. Or does he? This energetic and musical production from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons’ infuses Wilde’s witty words with snappy new songs and frantically funny physical theatre to give this popular play a hilarious contemporary twist!
A Woman of No Importance
Rayleigh Mount - Sunday 19 August, 2pm
Dot productions will be performing A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde in the outdoor setting of Rayleigh Mount, the remains of a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle built on a natural ridge with amazing views.
Robin Hood and his Merry Men
Flatford - Saturday 25 August, 2.30pm
When the evil Sheriff of Nottingham schemes to stop Robin Hood and his merry men, they join with the beautiful Maid Marian to rescue Robin from the Sheriff’s evil clutches. Inspired by folklore, myth and legend, this brand-new version by Chapter House Theatre Company is brought alive with swordplay, music, dance and stunning medieval costumes.
As you like it
Wimpole Estate - Friday 10 August, 7.30pm
Ickworth - Friday 31 August, 6.30pm
Welcome to the Forest of Arden, a world of clowns, lovers, runaways and rebels. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, with folky, foot-stomping live music and their own inimitable brand of buffoonery.