A summer of outdoor performance in Kent

Four months of outdoor performances take place throughout the summer at National Trust properties in Kent. From family favourites like The Railway Children, Dr Dolittle and Peter Pan to classics such as The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pride and Prejudice, there’s a wide range of productions to choose from. Pack a picnic and bring along your family and friends to our theatre, outdoor cinema and music events, set in colourful gardens and picturesque surroundings near you. Every time you watch a performance at one of our special places you help support the National Trust’s charitable work to look after special places for ever, for everyone.

People dancing to live music with inflatable guitar and saxophone

A touch of theatre and music at Ightham Mote

Have something to look forward to this summer and pre-book tickets for our music and theatre events in the house and gardens at Ightham Mote.

An audience enjoying outdoor theatre

Outdoor theatre at Scotney Castle 

This summer we will be hosting five outdoor theatre productions. From Pride and Prejudice to the reluctant dragon, enjoy a warm summers evening with our beautiful mansion house as the backdrop to your performance.

An audience enjoying an outdoor performance of 'Wind in the willows' at Smallhythe Place

Summer Theatre at Smallhythe Place

There is theatre for everyone this season at Smallhythe Place. From open-air productions of Peter Pan and As You Like It, to Shakespeare classics, comical new writings and award-winning shows performed in the Barn Theatre, it’s a great opportunity to do something different with the family.

The Lord Chamberlain's Men bringing Shakespear to life

Outdoor theatre at Emmetts Garden this summer

Here at Emmetts Garden this August we've got not one, but two outdoor theatre productions to take your fancy. Bring the whole family along to Neverland for an adventure with Peter Pan or enjoy a classic production of Shakespeare's The Tempest performed by The Lord Chamberlain's Men.