The best outdoor theatre experiences
Listen up all you theatre buffs, there’s a splendid season of outdoor theatre coming your way. Here’s six of the best to visit.
Kilworth House Theatre, Lutterworth, until September
Set in a in a beautiful wooded glade close to the lake in the grounds of Kilworth House Hotel, this impressive outdoor theatre hosts a variety of productions in the summer months. Kicking off the season this year is Kiss Me Kate with music by Cole Porter. Set in 1940’s Baltimore and 10 minutes until opening night and all hell lets loose. In true Shakespeare style expect mistaken identities, romantic and angry encounters and even the odd few gangsters thrown in for good measure. Other productions include Walk Like a Man, Whitney – Queen of the Night, Killer Queen and Top Hat. Tickets from £34.
Kilworth House Theatre, Lutterworth Hotel, North Kilworth LE 17 6JE
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, June – August
A story of chaos, disorder, magic, love and marriage ensues as four runaways spend the night in an enchanted forest. Meanwhile, a group of tradesmen are rehearsing a play in celebration of the Duke’s wedding in the same forest. While a feuding fairy king and queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their friends presenting a play within a play. Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth so what can possibly go wrong? Tickets from £11.
Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4BH
Nevill Holt Opera Festival, Market Harborough, 15 – 22 June
Tosca’s desperate and ruthless passion in a time of political turmoil has held audiences in its spell since it was first performed. With unforgettably beautiful music and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, join us for a heart-racing night of love, passion and betrayal. This is a co-production between Nevill Holt Opera and Northern Ireland opera. Tickets from £60.
Nevill Holt Opera, Nevill Holt, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8EG
Wind in the Willows, Bradgate Park, Leicester Sun June 25
The children’s book comes to life in the grounds of the ruins of Bradgate House with a little help from Chapterhouse Theatre Company. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades with Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad. Expect beautiful traditional costume and a woodland parade in which everyone can join in. Tickets from £15 and available from See Tickets.
Bradgate Park, Deer Barn Buildings, Estate Office, Bradgate Park Trail, Newtown Linford LE6 0HE
The Taming of the Shrew, Coalville Sun 23 July
Brought to life by Heartbreak Productions, the year is 1928. Parliament has just given the vote to women and the Pembleton family is in uproar. At the Pembleton Estate summer fete the family must set aside their differences in order to entertain the guests (that’s you, the audience) with a performance of Shakespeare’s own bit of work on women’s lib. The Taming of the Shrew focuses on the electric battle between Petruchio and Kate, who engage in the most unconventional courtship in English literature. So come to the Pembleton’s Fete, bring your picnic, your comfy cushion, and your wits, and see who gets the best of it in this timeless battle of the sexes. Tickets from £12.50. Performances run from 7pm – 9.30pm.
Donington Le Heath Manor Rd, Coalville LE67 2FW.
Peter Pan, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sat 29 July.
Chapterhouse Theatre Company are performing an all new production of Peter Pam. Join Wendy, Michael and JohnDarlim o their magical adventures to the island of Neverland as they encounter mermaids, fairies and of course Captain Hook. J.M.Barrie’s classic is brought to life by award-winning writer Laura Turner, with beautifully designed costumes, music and songs.
Bosworth Heritage Centre, Ambion Ln, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton CV13 0AD