A summer of theatre at Ickworth

Two women at an evening event at Ickworth

Enjoy the very best in al fresco entertainment this summer as we showcase open air theatre on our North Lawn with the beautiful backdrop of the iconic Rotunda.

This summer, join us as we host a programme of outdoor performances, from the romantic musings of Jane Austen to the family drama of William Shakespeare, all you need to bring is a picnic and a glass of bubbly for alfresco entertainment at its finest.

 

Enjoy an evening with a picnic, friends, and theatre entertainment
An audience watching an outdoor theatre production in the gardens at Ickworth
Enjoy an evening with a picnic, friends, and theatre entertainment

Robin Hood | 2 July

The Merry Wives of Windsor | 29 August

This summer we welcome the Three-Inch Fools to Ickworth for the first time, as they dust off their instruments and step out to deliver two wonderful performances. On 2 July the Fools will be back at Ickworth with a brand-new troupe performing the family favourite ‘Robin Hood’. Tickets available here. On 29 August they conclude our summer of theatre with Shakespeare’s classic ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, a riotous comedy following the live of fictional character Sir John Falstaff.

Enjoying open air theatre in the summer
Children enjoying an open air theatre performance
Enjoying open air theatre in the summer

Pride and Prejudice | 28 July

Ickworth regulars The Pantaloons offer up another literary classic with an outdoor performance of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. It is a truth universally acknowledged that audiences will love this fun and playful take on arguably Jane Austen’s most popular novel. Join us on Wednesday 28 July for a night with the wonderful Bennett sisters and the world they inhabit. Tickets available here.

The Lord Chamberlain's Men perform Shakespeare in the open-air
Much Ado About Nothing open-air performance
The Lord Chamberlain's Men perform Shakespeare in the open-air

Macbeth | 22 August

Finishing off our summer of entertainment on 22 August, we see the welcome return of The Lord Chamberlain’s Men as they bring to Ickworth the brilliant tragedy, Macbeth. With Shakespeare’s most chilling power couple and truly stirring poetry this stunning play will keep you gripped. Tickets can be found here.

Pack a picnic

For each performance feel free to bring a picnic, drinks and layers in case the weather is less favourable. All performances will go ahead despite bad weather and all will be closely following government guidance for social distancing and keeping visitors, staff, cast and crew members safe.

Each performance is organised by different and external Theatre productions, and not by the National Trust so please view their individual websites for refund policies and specific Covid guidelines for the events.
 

Pack a perfect picnic
Smiling older man with picnic basket
Pack a perfect picnic