Open-air theatre events in Dorset

Summer is a time for open air theatre and the chance to make the most of the longer and warmer evenings. There are several performances taking place in Dorset this summer. Why not pack a picnic and join us?

A family enjoying a picnic at Corfe Castle

Open-air theatre: Dr Dolittle

Enjoy the adventures of Dr John Dolittle and his animal friends with Corfe Castle as the backdrop. Illyria Theatre’s family friendly outdoor production on Thursday 28 June is a rare opportunity to enjoy the castle on a summer’s evening outside normal opening hours. Book in advance or buy tickets on the evening.

The garden facade of Max Gate

Max Gate presents The Trumpet-Major 

The New Hardy Players present a colourful and musical interpretation of Thomas Hardy's romantic historical novel, on Friday 29 June at 7.30pm.

An audience enjoying outdoor theatre

Open-air theatre: The Pirates of Penzance

Follow the fortunes of Frederick as he leaves behind his pirate past in a quest for true love. Don’t forget the picnic and a rug to enjoy Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta in the beautiful outdoor setting of Corfe Castle on Friday 13 July. Book in advance or buy tickets on the evening.

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Brownsea open air theatre

Make the most of the warm summer evenings with a picnic on Church field followed by this thrilling performance. Play nights run from July 25 to August 10.

Illyria will be returning to Kingston Lacy to perform The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Outdoor theatre at Kingston Lacy: The Merchant of Venice 

Join us for an evening of entertainment on the South Lawn at Kingston Lacy on Thursday 26 July. Shakespeare's great courtroom drama is by turns thrilling, funny, romantic and unsettling. International award-winning Illyria promise a production to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Tempest at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

Outdoor theatre at Kingston Lacy: The Tempest 

The Lord Chamberlain's Men return to the South Lawn this summer to perform this play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love. Join us on Thursday 2 August for Shakespeare's late, great gem which examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.

Boxtree Productions will be performing Treasure Island at Kingston Lacy this summer

Outdoor theatre at Kingston Lacy: Treasure Island 

On Thursday 7 August Boxtree Productions will perform family favourite, Treasure Island. When Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map amongst the possessions of the late 'Captain' Billy Bones, it hurtles him in to a cat and mouse game with dangerous pirates, taking him across the World to 'Treasure Island'.

Corfe Castle

Open-air theatre: Hound of the Baskervilles

You’re invited into Corfe Castle on Wednesday 5 September for an evening with Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson as they take on their most baffling case yet. Illyria Theatre have a cheeky but chilling take on Arthur Conan-Doyle’s classic tale. Book in advance or buy ticket on the evening.