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Open-Air Theatre at Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG15 8GE

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Sunday 18 June - Sunday 3 September 2023
Newstead Abbey

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

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


What's On

Sunday 18 June | Gates 5pm, show 6pm
Heartbreak Productions: David Walliams’ Bad Dad

Gilbert is a bit of a local celebrity. He was no other than the legendary ‘King of the Track’, Gilbert the Great. That was until a tragic accident put a stop to his track-racing days. Driven to desperate measures in order to provide for his son Frank, he agrees to become a get-away driver for the local baddies. An open-air adaptation of David Walliams’ Bad Dad is the perfect summer family entertainment. So, pack your picnics, grab your wet weather gear or sun-cream (or both), something to sit on, and join Frank and Gilbert as they navigate their way through car chases and convicts in the struggle to escape the clutches of the local crime lord and clear Gilbert’s name.

Wednesday 12 July | Gates 5pm, show 6pm
Chapterhouse Theatre Company: The Secret Garden

Join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner... As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has a burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key? This enchanting story, loved by children and adults alike, is presented in some of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful outdoor venues. Relive this tale of secrecy and curiosity in what will be one of the highlights of the summer.  

Sunday 16 July | Gates 6pm, show 7pm
Chapterhouse Theatre Company: Sense & Sensibility

Welcome to 1810 as Chapterhouse Theatre Company invites you to take a step back in time, and lose yourself in this magical story of romance, recklessness and restraint. Sense & Sensibility follows the trials and triumphs of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they make their first tentative forays into Regency Society - a world where the parties are tremendous, emotions always run high, and every woman is on the lookout for a husband!

Thursday 31 August | Gates 6pm, show 7pm
Chapterhouse Theatre Company: The Importance of Being Earnest

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present Oscar Wilde’s finest and best-loved romantic comedy. With a cast of unforgettably larger than life characters, the delightful Cecily, the roguish Algernon and the formidable Lady Bracknell are sure to keep you wildly entertained! Picnic with friends and family and enjoy this exquisite new production of Wilde’s hilarious tale of doubles lives and mistaken identities presented in full period costume.

Sunday 3 September | Gates 5pm, show 6pm
Illyria: Robin Hood

From the earliest ballads of Robin Hood, some pre-dating Chaucer, Illyria has created a fast-moving, fun-packed family show. While good King Richard is away fighting the crusades, his friend Robert Fitzooth, under the assumed name of Robin Hood, resolves to relieve corrupt landowners of their wealth, to ruin the inept Sheriff of Nottingham and to do all he can to prevent the power-mad Prince John from seizing the throne. Featuring tales of camaraderie, good against evil, swashbuckling action and riotous comedy, this remains one of Illyria's most popular ever titles. You'll definitely laugh, you'll probably cry - and if you're not cheering at the archery competition involving the entire audience then you must be dead.


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:

Plan your visit here: www.newsteadabbey.org.uk/visit and see the accessibility page: www.newsteadabbey.org.uk/accessibility

 

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Guide Prices

Adults: £18
Children (5-16)/NUS students: £11
Family (2 adults, 2 children): £50

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

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  • On site parking

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  • In countryside

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