Summer theatre and music in and around Hampshire

This summer, the curtain lifts on a magnificent season of outdoor theatre, set in some of Hampshire's most beautiful locations. Most of our shows are suitable for children as well as adults, so there’s plenty of choice, from from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Vyne to Alice in Wonderland at Mottisfont. There's free summer jazz and classical music too, at Hinton Ampner and Uppark. So, bring a picnic and prepare for an evening of entertainment under the stars.

Alice in Wonderland, outdoor theatre at Hatchlands Park, Surrey


Outdoor theatre: 28 August, 6 – 8.30pm, adult £16, child £8, booking essential on 0344 249 1895, suitable for all ages. Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a topsy-turvy adventure. You’ll meet lots of outlandish characters including troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the notorious Queen of Hearts, grinning Cheshire cat and of course, the Mad-as a bat-Hatter. Soak up the magic in Mottisfont’s beautiful gardens.

An audience enjoying outdoor theatre


Outdoor theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1 August, 7-9.30pm, adult £16, child £8. Enjoy Shakespeare’s most romantic comedy, in gardens set on the sparkling River Test. Set just before the outbreak of the Great War, Immersion Theatre’s adaptation follows four young lovers, a band of hapless actors and a magical realm of enchanting spirits bent on causing mischief and mayhem.

Illyria will be performing Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves at Kingston Lacy in Dorset


Outdoor theatre: Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, 17 August, 7-9pm, adults £17.50, children £8.50. Illyria’s enchanting family show is packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters and laughs galore, Find out what happens when Ali Baba stumbles across a magical cave full of gold and jewels.

Two actresses together close up in 18th-century style costumes

Uppark House and Garden 

Outdoor theatre: Sense & Sensibility, 20 July, 6.30-8.30pm. Discover heroes, heartbreak and debonair villains, topped off with a dashing duel, in Dot Productions’ version of Jane Austen’s classic. Bring a picnic and settle down for an evening of comic drama as the sun sets over panoramic views of the South Downs.

Jazz Band FB Pocket Orchestra

Hinton Ampner 

Outdoor music: there’s a fabulous mix of live music at Hinton Ampner this summer. Relax on the lawn for afternoons of jazz, from blues and ragtime to swing and lindy hop - selected dates. Talented quartet the Twilight Ensemble are performing beautiful vocal pieces accompanied by piano - 11 August. All events run 12-3pm, normal admission charge only.

Harry Strutter Jazz Band

Uppark House and Garden 

Outdoor music: vintage jazz hits Uppark’s gardens, courtesy of the Harry Strutters band (18 Aug). On 7 & 24 July local Alder Valley brass band play popular brass favourites. Nadina String Quartet play a broad mix of pieces set to string instruments, on 4 & 26 Aug, Normal admission charge only.

The south front at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Hinton Ampner 

Outdoor theatre: Frankenstein, 31 August, 7-9pm, adults £17.50, children £8.50, for ages 5+. Hinton Ampner’s parkland is the idyllic setting for this exciting production by award-winning Illyria. This hot new family musical brings to life Mary Shelley’s gripping story of Frankenstein. The show features a fully orchestrated musical score, spectacular stage effects, puppetry, and lashings of wickedly dark humour.

Sense & Sensibility by the Pantaloons Theatre Company

The Vyne 

Outdoor theatre: Sense & Sensibility, 27 Jul, 7-10pm, adults £13, children £8, all ages welcome. Scandals, scoundrels, romance and heartbreak are on the cards in this witty adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons make a welcome return to this beautiful country estate, with this funny, fast-paced story, featuring live music and audience interaction.

Actors from the Lord Chamberlain's Men on stage

The Vyne 

Outdoor theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 10 Aug, 7-10pm, £19, all ages welcome. All male cast the Lord Chamberlain’s Men bring Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy of meddling fairies and confused lovers to The Vyne’s beautiful lakeside setting. Expect glorious Elizabethan costumes, traditional music and dance, and lots of laughs.

The cast of The Greatest Showman gathered together on a stage

The Vyne 

Outdoor cinema: two big screen film showings to choose from. Bohemian Rhapsody, 16 Aug, rated 12A. This hugely successful film is a fitting tribute to flamboyant Queen frontman Eddy Mercury. The Greatest Showman, 17 Aug, rated PG. This smash hit musical that tells the story of a show business visionary and the worldwide sensation he created. Films run 9-11.30pm, £12.50, booking essential.

Mompesson garden looking lovely in the sunshine

Mompesson House 

Outdoor music: Woodford Ukulele Group, 18 August, 2.30 – 4pm, normal admission charge only. Relax in Mompesson’s pretty walled garden this summer, and be entertained by delightful tunes from this popular local band.