Outdoor theatre in the East of England

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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. 

Treasure Island

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.