Summer theatre and music in and around Hampshire

This summer, the curtain lifts on our biggest ever season of summer entertainment. We’ve got eight productions of outdoor theatre, and two beautiful new venues - Hinton Ampner and Uppark. Most of our shows are suitable for children as well as adults, so there’s plenty of choice, from Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, to fantasy adventure The Lost World by Conan Doyle. So, bring a picnic and prepare for an evening of entertainment under the stars. Keep your eyes peeled for life-size dinosaurs!

Promotional poster for Illyrias Emperors new clothes


Outdoor theatre: The Emperor's New Clothes, 18 August, 6 - 9pm, family theatre. The emperor is a lovely chap who likes to wear his new outfits at the Grand Parade. But things start to unravel when a couple of swindlers make him a new set of clothes. Illyria bring this famous comic story to the stage - their cheekiest show ever! Fun for all the family.

A woman in regency dress, a publicity shot for Northanger Abbey by Heartbreak Productions


Outdoor theatre: Northanger Abbey, 12 July, 7 - 9.30pm. Nestled next to the sparkling River Test, this is one of our most picturesque summer theatre venues. Settle down to an evening of exciting Gothic intrigue and romance, courtesy of Jane Austen and Heartbreak Productions. Suitable for adults and children aged 10+

A young girl holds a key to an old door in a promotional photograph for the Secret Garden by Heartbreak Productions.


Outdoor theatre: The Secret Garden, 9 August, 5 - 7pm, family theatre. This captivating show brings to life a classic children’s tale. Orphaned and newly arrived from India, Mary is placed under the care of her grief-stricken uncle on the Yorkshire Moors. Discovering a locked secret garden, Mary is determined to gain access, but what will she discover? Suitable for ages 6+.

Spitfire Sisters and Band

Hinton Ampner 

The Spitfire Sisters, 21 July, 6 - 10pm. Enjoy a vintage summer evening with the glamorous Spitfire Sisters, a classic '40s style, close harmony vocal trio, backed by a six piece swing band. There's lots of room for picnics in this pretty parkland setting.

Illyrias The Lost World

Hinton Ampner 

Outdoor theatre: The Lost World, 5 August, 6 - 9pm, family theatre. This new adaptation of Conan Doyle's fantasy adventure features life-size dinosaurs! Find out what happens when four intrepid explorers bring some unidentified new creatures back to England from the depths of South America, in 'unbreakable' crates..... Recommended for older children.

Illyria's The Comedy of Errors

Hinton Ampner 

Outdoor theatre: The Comedy of Errors, 9 Sept, 6 - 9pm. Award-winning theatre troupe Illyria present this unique new spin on the Bard's funniest and most rumbustious comedy. Sit back and enjoy the fun with a picnic in our beautiful ancient parkland. Suitable for ages 5+

An actor with a painted green face peeks out from huge green leaves

The Vyne 

Outdoor theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream, 19 August, 5.45 - 9pm, family theatre. Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical band whisk you away to a land of fairies and magic, with the Pantaloons hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy. Fun for all the family.

Lord Chamberlain's Men performing A Comedy of Errors

The Vyne 

Outdoor theatre: The Comedy of Errors, 12 August, 7 - 10pm. Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and its all-male cast for Shakespeare’s most hilarious farce. This tale of mistaken identity is full of laughs, men in dresses, music and dance.

Mompesson garden looking lovely in the sunshine

Mompesson House 

Northumbrian Pipers, 1 July, 11am - 4.30pm, and the Mandolin Group, 15 July, 2.30 - 4pm. Two opportunities to relax in our pretty walled garden this summer, and be entertained by very different styles of live music.