Summer theatre at Mottisfont

An audience sits in front of the hosue at Mottisfont, Hampshire for an evening theatre performance

Pack a picnic and enjoy two outdoor performances in our grounds this summer. Heartbreak Productions are staging Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey on 12 July and children's classic the Secret Garden on 9 August.

Tickets for our outdoor theatre performances are priced at £16 for adults and £8 for children, or £42 for a family of four. Booking is essential - you can book online via the links below, or call the National Trust box office on 0344 249 1895. A 5% booking fee applies.

Gates open an hour before the performance starts, and there will be a short interval halfway through. Both performances take place on lawns beside the house. A kiosk in the grounds will be selling some refreshments, and toilet facilities are located close by.

Bring a picnic and something to sit on, and dress for the weather - performances will go ahead rain or shine. Folding chairs or blankets are fine - there'll be an area at the front reserved for anyone sitting at ground level.

Please be considerate of other audience members with what you bring - please no parasols, gazebos or large folding tables.

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

Northanger Abbey

Wednesday 12 July, 7-9.30pm. Social commentary, sharp wit and biting satire alongside faux friendships and real romance - Heartbreak Productions’ brand-new adaptation of Jane Austen’s timeless classic provides the perfect recipe for a summer evening’s entertainment. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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

Wednesday 9 August, 5-7pm (gates open at 4pm). Pack a picnic and enjoy this captivating retelling of a classic children’s tale from Heartbreak Productions. Recommended for ages 6 and up. This outdoor performance will go ahead rain or shine - please dress for the weather!