A Summer of Outdoor Theatre
Picnics at the ready! We might be biased but we don't think there's a better backdrop for outdoor theatre than Speke Hall. Join us this summer for a great range of performances.
All of our summer theatre events take place outdoors and we're hardy sorts, so they'll only be cancelled if the weather is unsafe. We advise packing a delicious picnic, something comfy to sit on and plenty of layers if you're coming to an evening performance - even if it's a lovely sunny day, it can get chilly on the North Lawn at night.
Tickets for all of our evening outdoor theatre are priced at £14 for adults and £7 for children.
The Tempest by The Lord Chamberlain's Men
Thursday 21 June, gates open at 6pm for a 7pm start
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece, The Tempest. This play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love, Shakespeare’s late, great gem, examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.
As You Like It by The Pantaloons
Wednesday 1 August, gates open at 6pm for a 7pm start
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…” Welcome to the Forest of Arden, a world of clowns, lovers, runaways and rebels. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, with folky, foot-stomping live music and their own inimitable brand of buffoonery. If you've never seen The Pantaloons before then you're in for a treat!
Hamlet by The Three Inch Fools
Wednesday 8 August, gates open at 6pm for a 7pm start
The Three Inch Fools bring Shakespeare's most iconic and beautiful play to life in their traditional fast-paced style, with a vibrant and inventive depiction of Hamlet's world set against a bubbling soundscape of Scandinavian folk and musical drama.
The Importance of Being Earnest by The Pantaloons
Wednesday 22 August, gates open at 6pm for a 7pm start
Everybody loves Ernest. In fact, Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to Ernest. The only trouble is, Ernest doesn’t exist. Or does he…? This energetic and musical production from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons’ infuses Wilde’s witty words with snappy new songs and frantically funny physical theatre to give this perennially popular play a hilarious contemporary twist!