Summer Theatre at Smallhythe Place

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

There is theatre for everyone this season at Smallhythe Place. From open-air productions of Peter Pan and As You Like It, to other Shakespeare classics, comical 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.

The Reluctant Dragon – Tuesday 5 June, 1pm

Quantum Theatre presents Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon, an enchanting tale of bravery, friendship and derring-do for all the family.

A Necessary Woman – Sunday 10 July, 7.30pm

Based on a true event to celebrate the 2018 suffrage centenary.

Dad’s Army Radio Hour – Saturday 23 June, 7.30pm

Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft's quintessential sitcom

Blithe Spirit - Sunday 8 July, 7.30pm

Changeling Theatre Company explore this comedic play by Noël Coward.


A Regular Little Houdini – Thursday 12 July, 7.30pm

An international multi-award winner; an extraordinary tale of hope, determination and enchantment.

Upham Hall – Thursday 19 & Friday 20 July, 7.30pm

A brand new farce set in 1930 loosely based on Downton Abbey. Shockingly funny adult-only humour. Suitable for ages 16+.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - 26-29 July & 1-4 August, 7.30pm

The Summer Theatre Company brings you one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and popular plays.

Peter Pan (open-air) – Sunday 5 August, 6pm

Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy and inimitable style to their most magical family show to date. Suitable for all ages.

The Importance of Being Earnest – Friday 10 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.”

As You Like It (open-air) – Monday 27 August, 5.30pm

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy. Suitable for all ages.


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 refreshments from the Theatre Tearoom. 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 enjoying a pre-show picnic in the garden

These events took place in summer 2018 and are now finished.