Summer Theatre at Smallhythe Place

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

This article was created for our summer 2019 programme and is now finished. There is theatre for everyone this season at Smallhythe Place. From open-air productions of Alice In Wonderland, Sense and Sensibility and The Winter's Tale, to comedy, opera, new writings and award-winning shows performed in the Barn Theatre, it’s a great opportunity to do something different with the family.

Enjoy a warm summers evening of entertainment in the beautiful gardens of Smallhythe Place, or take a seat in The Barn Theatre and soak up its theatrical history. Get involved and pre-book your tickets to ensure you don't miss out.


Comedy Night at the Barn: Glenn Moore, Annie McGrath & James Loveridge - Friday 7 June, 7.30pm

Join us and these three award-winning comedians for a night of laughter as we dip our toes into the comedy pool.

Hancock and Co - Friday 21 June, 7.30pm

Following his sell-out 2018 tour, James Hurn is back with his popular one-ma, many voices, celebration of radio comedy classic Hancock's Half Hour.

Clean - Saturday  29 June, 7.30pm

Follow the stories of seven women living in the Laundry Hill area of Brighton from the 1870's to the 2020s.  

The Winter's Tale (open-air) -  Saturday 13 July, 6.30pm

Changeling Theatre bring their magic, energy, beautiful costumes and just a hint of ABBA to this Shakespeare classic.

Dad's Army Radio Show - Friday 19 July 7.30pm & Saturday 20 July, 4pm & 7.30pm

A celebration of Perry and Croft's quintessential sitcom, featuring two brand-new episodes. With David Benson and Jack Lane.

Twelfth Night - 24-28 July & 31 July-3 August, 7.30pm

The Summer Theatre Company bring you one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies.

Alice In Wonderland (open-air) - Wednesday 7 August, 6.30pm

Immersion Theatre proudly bring their trademark energy to their most spectacularly bonkers show to date.

Sense and Sensibility (open-air) - Thursday 15 August, 6.30pm

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company bring you a funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation.

The Importance of Being Earnest - Friday 23 August, 7.30pm

This “Trivial Comedy for Serious People” is a fast-paced, one-act adaptation that will demonstrate “the truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

HMS Pinafore - Thursday 29 August, 7.30pm

A comedic tale of mismatched love across different social classes. A Gilbert & Sullivan Opera, by Opera Anywhere.


Throughout the season, take advantage of Smallhythe’s tranquil setting and join us from 6pm for a pre-show picnic in the summer gardens and treat yourself to delicious refreshments from the Theatre Tea-room. Please note that barbecues are not permitted within the gardens of Smallhythe Place.




To enjoy our open-air theatre productions in comfort please bring along either a picnic blanket or chairs to sit on.

A family having a picnic in the gardens at Smallhythe Place