Open-Air Theatre at Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG15 8GE

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Open-Air Theatre


Wednesday 24 July - Saturday 31 August 2024
Newstead Abbey

The popular Open-Air Theatre season returns to Newstead Abbey this summer with a programme of new and traditional performances.

You are invited to pack your picnics, camping chairs and blankets to enjoy theatre in the great outdoors!

What's On

Wednesday 24 July | Gates 6pm, show 7pm
Chapterhouse Theatre Company: Little Women

Louisa May Alcott’s beloved coming of age story. 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. An uplifting and heartfelt tale of the March sisters’ journey into adulthood and all the trials and triumphs that come with it, Little Women features authentic costuming and a beautiful musical score.

Thursday 8 August | Gates 6pm, show 7pm
Three Inch Fools: The Secret Diary of Henry VIII

Three Inch Fools present a brand new comedy of their own about one of England’s most epic monarchs. Don’t miss this mad-capped take on the epic life of King Henry VIII - an essential guide on how to keep your head in the Tudor Court.

Friday 30 August | Gates 5pm, show 6pm
Chapterhouse Theatre Company: Beauty & The Beast

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 original music and sparkling humour in delightful settings from picturesque gardens to sweeping country parks, Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s lovely new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is perfect for all the family!

Saturday 31 August | Gates 6pm, show 7pm
Illyria Theatre Company: Romeo & Juliet

A passionate, poetic and utterly gripping production of this Shakespeare favourite.​ Shakespeare states in the opening lines of this play that we are going to see an explosive swash-buckling romance. But the surprise he has in store for us is that it’s extremely funny too! The Montagues and the Capulets are at war with one another - but when Montague’s son gatecrashes Capulet’s party in disguise and falls in love with Capulet’s daughter, a chain-reaction of events is set in motion which has a devastating conclusion.

Gates open one hour before the performance starts. Please bring rugs or low-back seating. Performances will go ahead in all but the worst weather. The stage is located on Byron's Lawn at Newstead Abbey:

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Guide Prices

Adults: £20
Children (5-16)/NUS students: £12
Family (2 adults, 2 children): £55

Opening Times

Little Women (24 July 2024)
The Secret Diary of Henry VIII (8 Aug 2024)
Beauty & The Beast (30 Aug 2024)
Romeo & Juliet (31 Aug 2024)

Map & Directions



  • Booking essential
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Outdoor Event
  • Picnic Site

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

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