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Best outdoor theatre shows

Enjoy a spot of alfresco theatre this summer with everything from Macbeth to Mr Stink coming to an outdoor stage near you.

While some of you may still be reluctant to book a seat indoors, you don’t need to go without your culture fix!

Soak up the gorgeous sunny weather and sink your teeth into some brilliant new outdoor shows right here in our hood.

A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Moira Furnace Museum and County Park, 26 June

Benjamin Chaffin as Oberon on full flight. Pic Credit: Quantam Theatre

Enjoy Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love and intrigue, magic and mayhem, brought to life by family favourites Quantum Theatre in their wonderfully funny and exuberant production. Taking place near to one of West Leicestershire’s hidden gems, the Moira Furnace Museum, this exciting and enchanting new production is a treat for the whole family. Suitable for all age groups and there will also be a BBQ and bar on the evening. Tickets from £10

Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe June – Aug

Pic Credit: Discover Rutland

This month, the Stamford Shakespeare Company are showing Love’s Labour Lost and Humble Boy (a play inspired by Hamlet) all outdoors in the gorgeous Rutland open air theatre. Enjoy your own picnic in the beautiful gardens before heading into the auditorium to sit back, relax and be entertained. The picnic slope overlooks classic English parkland with historic Tolethorpe Hall in the background. You can also book tickets for The Importance of Being Earnest and DNA – performed by Tolethorpe Youth Drama Theatre Makers – for July and August.

Macbeth, Rockingham Castle, 1 July

An all male theatre company will be bringing to stage Macbeth, a play of supernatural magic, deadly ambition and lust for power. Bring a chair and a picnic, and enjoy watching Shakespeare brilliant tragedy unravel in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. It’s going to be remarkable!

The Canterbury Tales, Oakham Castle, Rutland, 2 July

Step back in time to medieval England in the wonderful grounds of the town’s castle. While here, enjoy a little mayhem as a three-man cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer’s characters to life. The production is staged on a fantastic touring set that resembles a medieval travelling theatre.

Jungle Book, Rutland Water, 4 July

Join Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera in a brand-new musical adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling family favourite, The Jungle Book. Filled with original music, audience interaction, and kids will also get a chance to meet the characters after the show. Join the characters on a madcap jungle adventure as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, cheeky monkeys, and tiger, Shere Khan! Funny, exciting and wildly entertaining, this larger-than-life musical will have you howling with laughter in no time.

The Great Gatsby, Belvoir Castle 8-9 July

Never been to Belvoir? Fancy a bit of outdoor theatre? Enjoy the gorgeous grounds and an evening of jazz, prohibition style and head back to the summer of 1922 and meet the mysterious party-throwing millionaire, Jay Gatsby. Get your glad rags on, work up your best Charleston, and enjoy  his outdoor adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Picnics are welcome but there will also be lots of delicious food courtesy of the Fuel Tank restaurant.

Treasure Island 1620’s House and Gardens, Donington Le Heath, 30 July and Bradgate Park, Leics 6 Aug

Pirate ships, treasure and a swashbuckling new adaptation of the classic pirate adventure, Treasure Island for outdoor fans in the grounds of this old Manor House. Bursting with brouhaha, buccaneers and dastardly double dealings, this exciting new adaptation delivers an action-packed adventure for the whole family. Also two showings at Bradgate Park’s Deer Meadow next to the Deer Barns on 6 Aug.

Peter Rabbit, Bradgate Park, 5 Aug

Join the mischievous rabbit and his naughty cousin Benjamin in their garden adventures. This enchanting adaptation of the much loved Beatrix Potter classic will be just as fun as the big screen flick if not better! Choose from either a morning or afternoon showing.

David Walliams Mr Stink, Bosworth Battlefield Country Park, 5 Aug

You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly new friend, Mr Stink. Join Heartbreak Productions for David Walliams‘ best-seller Mr Stink on the outdoor stage. Sounds like it will be fun for the whole fam!

Memories of the Musicals, Kilworth House Theatre, 3-29 Aug

Missing those big ol’ musical numbers? The creative team here have put together a brand new show exclusively for their outdoor stage. Enjoy a full-length show featuring the very best songs from every one of the nineteen musicals produced at Kilworth House Theatre supported by a live orchestra on stage. I’m sure you won’t be the only musical fan belting out your vocals as you sing-along to the likes of My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, South Pacific and more.

1 comment on “Best outdoor theatre shows”

  • Wyn June 13, 2021

    Any villages putting on fetes this summer? We mustn’t let them die out!


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