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Outdoor theatre at Hatchlands Park

Audience members watching an open-air theatre performance in the garden on the Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
Outdoor theatre on the lawn at Hatchlands Park | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

Join us this summer for our series of outdoor theatre on the lawn at Hatchlands Park. Delight in the fantasy and comedy of Midsummer Night's Dream, be captivated by Shakespeare’s classic revenge tragedy, Hamlet, and fly away to Neverland with a magical performance of Peter Pan.


Sun 28 July, 7-9.15pm

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”

Returning home from university for his father, the King of Denmark’s funeral, which is also the occasion of his mother’s remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet the Prince, is visited by the ghost of his father.

The ghost reveals that his brother, Hamlet’s uncle, now stepfather and King, killed him and he urges Hamlet to take revenge. Driven to distraction by the grief of his father’s death and what lies ahead of him, Hamlet is forced to confront his deepest fears and in doing so questions himself, those around him and the very nature of existence.

With a history stretching back to William Shakespeare himself, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present this great play as he first saw it, in the open air, with an all-male cast and Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.

Adult £18.50, child £11, family £52

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Thu 8 August, 7-9.15pm

Immersion Theatre present their acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s funniest, most magical comedy of all: A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

This hilarious adaptation sees Shakespeare’s fantastical characters brought vividly to life as audiences are transported to an enchanting world bursting with magic, romance, and of course, heaps of laugh-out-loud comedy. Four young lovers, a band of hapless actors, and a magical realm populated by mischievous spirits set on causing mayhem at every turn culminate in an unparalleled open-air experience of beauty and hilarity.

This is Shakespeare as it’s meant to be: interactive, fun, and highly accessible.

Suitable for ages 8+

Adult £16, child £12, family £52*

Peter Pan

Sat 24 August, 6-7.45pm

Join Immersion Theatre and soar away to Neverland as they bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, Peter Pan.

Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure, introducing Wendy Darling to the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, the infamous Captain Hook!

Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, and a laugh-a-minute script, this hilarious and exciting musical of the boy who never grew up promises to have every member of the family entertained throughout…You’ll be HOOKED!

Suitable for ages 4+

Adult £14, child £12, Family £48*

‘Peter Pan’ is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

What to bring

Please bring your own chairs or a rug. Picnics are very welcome. Light refreshments will be available in the interval. All performances will continue in wet weather, so please check the weather before you visit and dress accordingly. Gates open 30 minutes before the performance starts.

* Booking fee applies

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