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Outdoor theatre in the South West

Come and experience a theatre, cinema or music performance in the great outdoors this summer, with plenty of shows to choose from across the South West. Bring the whole family, a picnic blanket and some popcorn and settle down to watch the show with nature and perhaps a historic house as your backdrop. Browse our programme of shows and find your nearest performance.

Cornwall

The Elizibethan manor house at Trerice, Cornwall

'Love Riot' at Trerice 

Step into a world of etiquette, scandal and matchmaking, with this fresh new take on an 18th century rom-com from Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre. Wed 17 July, 6.30-8.30pm.

The garden in July at Cotehele, Cornwall

'If music be the food of love' at Cotehele (music event) 

Join us for an enchanting evening of music as The Callington Singers fill the Barn Café with songs of the English Renaissance. Sat 20 Jul, 7.30-9.30pm.

Secret Garden

'Beauty and the Beast' at Trelissick 

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer for a brand-new telling of this classic fairy tale, perfect for all the family. Tues 30 July, 6.30-9pm.

Two people sit in deckchairs on a colonnade terrace, looking out over water

'Love Riot' at Trelissick 

Step into a world of etiquette, scandal and matchmaking, with this fresh new take on an 18th century rom-com from Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre. Wed 14 Aug, 6.30-8.30pm.

Audience members enjoying an open-air theatre performance in the garden at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

'The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck' at Trelissick 

New for 2024, Quantum Theatre presents a delightful adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved tale- The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. Wed 21 August, 4.30-6.30pm.

Devon

The Pantaloons - Outdoor Theatre

'Little Women' at Arlington Court 

Join us on the lawn for this open-air theatre performance by Chapterhouse of Louisa May Alcott's 'Little Women'. This summer, meet headstrong Jo March and her sisters Meg, Amy, and Beth. Each sister is determined to pursue her own path in life, but though their dreams may be different, their family ties remain as true as ever. Thurs 18 Jul, 6-9pm.

View from behind two visitors seated in deckchairs as part of the audience at the Illyria Theatre Company's production of Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves at Dudmaston, Shropshire

'The Gondoliers' at Killerton 

Join Illyria Theatre for an enchanting rendition of The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan, that promises an evening of laughter, music and pure entertainment. Thurs 18 Jul, 7-9.30pm.

Lord Chamberlain's men performing Hamlet

'Hamlet' at Killerton 

Killerton are pleased to host The Lord Chamberlain’s Men as they invite you to join them this summer for the timeless story of Hamlet. Tues 23 Jul, 7-9.30pm.

A view of the Killerton house with blooming wisteria and rhododendron, Devon

'The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle' at Killerton 

Join Illyria Theatre this summer on the lawn for this much-loved, funny and exciting family adventure of Doctor Dolittle. Wed 28 Jul, 7-9.30pm.

Looking towards Killerton house from Front Park on a sunny day

'The Hound of the Baskervilles' at Killerton 

Join Illyria Theatre for their retelling of the famous Sherlock Homes adventure: The Hound of the Baskervilles. The original and greatest literary detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Doctor Watson, tackle the most baffling case of their careers in this cheeky but chilling adaptation. Sun 4 Aug, 7-9.30pm.

House at Arlington with blue flower in the forefront

'The Merry Wives of Windsor' at Arlington Court 

Join us on the lawn for this open-air theatre Shakespeare performance by The Pantaloons. Sir John Falstaff, everyone's favourite Shakespearean sleazeball, has fallen on hard times. In order to fix his finances he plans to seduce the wives of two wealthy merchants. But, wise to his wily ways, the ladies take the opportunity to punish Falstaff by playing a series of hilarious tricks on the nincompoop knight. Sun 11 Aug, 6-9pm.

Outdoor Theatre

'The Secret Diary of Henry VIII' at Arlington Court 

The Three Inch Fools present an essential guide on how to keep your head in the Tudor Court. Unexpectedly thrust into the limelight, young Henry navigates the ups and downs of courtly life, and all whilst fighting the French (again) and re-writing religion. Sat 17 Aug, 6-9pm.

Dorset

Outdoor theatre performance of HAMLET in the summer.

'Macbeth' on Brownsea Island 

Double, double, toil and trouble. Double ambition, double manipulation, toil for revenge, trouble from sinister supernatural forces. The rise and fall of King Macbeth of Scotland will be brought to life for you on Brownsea Island by the Brownsea Open Air Theatre Company. Various dates between 24 Jul and 9 Aug.

Outdoor theatre graphic, black text on white background with image of Jemima Puddle-Duck

'The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck' at Corfe Castle 

Join Quantum Theatre this summer in the ruins of Corfe Castle as they present a delightful new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved tale- The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. Thurs 1 Aug, 7-9.30pm.

The Windows of the gloriette at Corfe Castle

'The Hound of the Baskervilles' at Corfe Castle 

Sherlock Holmes tackles the most baffling case of his career in this cheeky but chilling adaptation. Performed in the great outdoors by Illyria, prepare for an evening of mystery and things that go ‘grrrr’ in the night! Thurs 8 Aug, 7-9.30pm.

An outdoor theatre performance taking place in the gardens

'Romeo and Juliet' at Corfe Castle 

Two wealthy families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are at war. But when Romeo (Montague’s son) meets Juliet (Capulet’s daughter) everything changes. The pair fall into a forbidden love with devastating consequences. Performed by Illyria in the great outdoors at Corfe Castle. Thurs 15 Aug, 7-9.30.

View of the ruins of Corfe Castle, lit in golden autumn sunlight, with a hill in the background

'The Secret Diary of Henry VIII' at Corfe Castle 

Join The Three Inch Fools this summer in the ruins of Corfe Castle as they hit the road with this brand new comedy - a mad-capped take on Britain’s most epic monarch, and those infamous wives. Thurs 22 Aug, 7-9.30.

Visitors attending a cinema experience at Hardwick, Derbyshire

'Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone' at Corfe Castle (outdoor cinema) 

Join Purbeck Film Festival in the historic ruins of Corfe Castle for a night under the stars and enjoy a movie classic. Fri 23 Aug, 8-11.30pm.

Family sitting down for the outdoor theatre at Ham House, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey

'Wonka' at Corfe Castle (outdoor cinema) 

Join Purbeck Film Festival in the historic ruins of Corfe Castle for a night under the stars. Put on your top hat, fetch your walking stick, and join us for a chocolate-themed summer evening! Sat 24 Aug, 8-10.45pm.

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

'Doctor Dolittle' at Kingston Lacy 

Illyria is back! This summer, the award-winning company presents Doctor Dolittle, a timeless classic for the whole family. Pack a picnic and a chair or blanket, and come along to a magical evening of entertainment. Thurs 29 Aug, 7-9pm.

Somerset

Outdoor Theatre Show

'Here Be Dragons' at Barrington Court 

'Here Be Dragons', presented by the Taunton Thespians, is a series of Somerset folklore tales that tells the stories of the wonderful creatures to be 'found' around the county. A wonderful evening of outdoor theatre set in the beautiful grounds of Barrington Court. Thurs 18 Jul, 7.30-10pm.

A view of the house at Tyntesfield, Somerset, in summer

'Hamlet' at Tyntesfield 

Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer, in their 20th year, for Hamlet, arguably the greatest play in the English language. With a history stretching back to William Shakespeare’s original company, they present this great play as he first saw it – in the open air, with an all male cast and Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. Sat 20 Jul, 7.30-10pm.

Chestnut tree and cedar lawn at Montacute House, Somerset

'The Merry Wives of Windsor' at Montacute House 

Sir John Falstaff, everyone's favourite Shakespearean sleazeball, has fallen on hard times. In order to fix his finances he plans to seduce the wives of two wealthy merchants. But, wise to his wily ways, the ladies take the opportunity to punish Falstaff by playing a series of hilarious tricks on the nincompoop knight. Shakespearean fun and frolics presented by The Pantaloons in the gorgeous garden at Montacute House. Fri 26 Jul, 7-9.30pm.

Wild Arts outdoor opera performance. A singer is in the foreground and three musicians with string instruments play behind.

Opera Evening at Dunster Castle (music event) 

Wild Arts bring their signature opera evening to the beautiful gardens at Dunster Castle. Bring your picnics and enjoy a magical summer's evening of opera highlights. The show is a love story built around your favourite opera classics, arranged into 75 minutes of musical heaven. All sung by the stars of tomorrow and played by a stunning string quintet. Sun 28 Jul, 6.30-9pm.

Three women smiling and sitting on camping chairs with glasses of wine at an outdoor theatre performance, Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

'Thirteenth Night: Malvolio’s Revenge' at Fyne Court 

Set one year after the events of Shakespeare’s classic comedy Twelfth Night, this original sequel imagines what happens when Malvolio makes good on his threat and comes back to take his revenge. Experience this new Shakespeare adaptation at Fyne Court, presented by British Touring Shakespeare. Sun 14 Jul, 5-7.30pm.

Scenic Outdoor Theatre performers in costume

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Fyne Court 

The woods outside Athens are busy this night and four young Athenian lovers are lost. Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairy-folk, are quarrelling whilst a group of craftsmen (who also happen to be some not-so-very-talented actors) are meeting in secret to rehearse their play. With its many parts, Shakespeare's story of love, mistaken identity and magic is a firm favourite. Wed 14 Aug, 6-8pm.

A group of stone buildings with green trees behind and green grass in front on a summer's day

'The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde' at Fyne Court 

When the police investigation into the brutal murder of Sir Danvers Carew fails to yield anything other than the name of a suspect who seems to have disappeared, his daughter Cordelia joins forces with her late father’s lawyer Gabriel Utterson to try and uncover the truth. But where is the sinister Edward Hyde and what is his connection to Utterson’s friend Dr Henry Jekyll? Presented by British Touring Shakespeare. Sun 18 Aug, 5-7.30pm.

People enjoying a picnic outside at Hardwick

'Barbie' at Fyne Court (outdoor cinema) 

Join us for a cinematic experience in the grounds of Fyne Court, bring blankets, seats and pillows and snuggle up outside to jump into the world of Barbie, staring Margo Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Fri 30 Aug, 8.30-10.30pm.

Audience members enjoying an open-air theatre performance in the garden at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

'Wonka' at Fyne Court (outdoor cinema) 

Get enchanted by Timothee Chalamet and join him on a journey of friends, adventure and chocolate. Sat 31 Aug, 8.30-10.30pm.

Grease

'Grease' at Fyne Court (outdoor cinema) 

Join us for a musical classic on a Sunday night, sing along and enjoy the moment with this 70s classic. Sun 1 Sep, 8.30-10.30pm.

Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

View of the east side of Dyrham Park house with parkland and views behind and people in foreground. Dyrham Park, South Gloucestershire

'Hamlet' at Dyrham Park 

The Lord Chamberlain's Men present this great play as Shakespeare first saw it, in the open air, with an all male cast and Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. It's described as 'Thrilling, moving and deeply human this stunning play seeks answers to life’s biggest questions and, in doing so, holds up a mirror to all our natures'. Fri 26 and Sat 27 Jul, 6.30-9pm.

A view of Newark Park house, taken from the north east

'Importance of Being Earnest' at Newark Park 

Everybody loves Ernest. In fact, Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to Ernest. The only trouble is, he doesn’t exist. Or does he…? Best friends Jack and Algy have both created alter-egos to win the affections of their beloveds; but when will they stop being Ernest and start being, well, earnest? Presented by The Pantaloons in the grounds of Newark Park. Sat 3 Aug, 7-9pm.

Twelfth Night presented by The Dukes Theatre Company

'Twelfth Night' at Snowshill Manor 

A small band of players take many parts in this tale of mistaken identity. Unrequited love, drunken jollity, live music, yellow stockings and a fight, make for the most entertaining of nights. Join Jenny Wren Productions for some fun in the open-air, under “the glorious sun”. Sun 18 Aug, 6.30-10pm.

Image of two actors from Shadow Road Productions performing in Robin Hoods Quest

'Robin Hood' at Newark Park 

Join Robin, Marian and the Merry Men in Sherwood Forest for a hilariously adventurous take on the timeless tales of everyone’s favourite archer. Presented by The Pantaloons in the grounds of Newark Park. Sat 31 Aug, 7-9pm.

A crowd watching an outdoor theatre production at Lyveden

'The Comedy of Errors' at Tinkley Gate, Woodchester Park 

The Three Inch Fools present Shakespeare’s shortest - and wildest - comedy. The clock is ticking, as the Fools rush to untangle one almighty mess in this farcical tale of long-lost twins, hysterical misunderstandings, and endless mishaps. A joyous take on this Shakespearean rib-tickler. Tues 17 Sep, 7-9.30pm.

Wiltshire

Four performers in colorful costumes acting in Peter Pan on an outdoor stage decorated with a colourful backdrop

'Fairytale theatre' at Avebury 

Special guests Tall Tales will be singing and performing some favourite classic tales in the colourfully decorated dovecote. The whole family can get involved in these playful performances of stories including The Ugly Duckling, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Specially designed to engage and inspire young audiences. 2, 9 and 16 Aug, check website for times.

The East Terrace of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

'Beauty and the Beast' at Lacock 

When an arrogant prince is cursed to live as a hideous beast, his only hope is a kindly young woman in search of a rose. Presented with lively original music and sparkling humour, Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s rollicking new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is perfect for all the family. Thurs 15 Aug, 7-8.30pm.

The exterior of house at Stourhead on a sunny day, showing its columns, the stairs up to the door and two wings

'Beauty and the Beast' at Stourhead 

Chapter House Theatre Company will be performing the classic production of Beauty and the Beast. Bring a picnic and join us on the West Lawn at the back of Stourhead House for an enjoyable evening under the stars. Fri 23 Aug, 4-6.30pm.

Image showing audience at a summer outdoor theatre event

'Little Women' at Stourhead 

Picnic in the garden and enjoy a night of magical theatre under the stars, as Chapter House Theatre Company perform the classic production of Little Women. Fri 30 Aug, 7-9.30pm.

View across a meadow to the golden stone frontage of the house at dawn, Stourhead, Wiltshire

'Pride and Prejudice' at Stourhead 

Chapter House Theatre Company will be performing classic production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Bring a picnic and join us on the West Lawn at the back of Stourhead House for a night of magical theatre under the stars. Sat 31 Aug, 7-9.30pm.