Open Air Theatre at Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG15 8GE

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Open Air Theatre at Newstead Abbey


Open Air Theatre
Newstead Abbey

Dates between Thursday 22 July and Friday 20 August 2021
Tickets: Adult – £16, Child – £11 (5 – 16 years), Family – £46 (2 adults & 2 children)

To book, either use the Book Now button above or you can click the individually listed event below:

All events have covid safety measures in place. Plan your visit to Newstead Abbey here. Car parking charges apply.

Please bring rugs or low-back seating. Performances go ahead in all but the worst weather.


Thursday 22 July

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday 29 July

The Three Inch Fools present Romeo & Juliet

Friday 6 August

Mr Stink   

Wednesday 11 August

Wind in the Willows

Friday 20 August

Heartbreak Theatre present The Great Gatsby


Show listings

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Book now)
Thursday 22 July, 17:00 – 21:00pm

Chapterhouse present A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Newstead Abbey

Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful musical score and enchanting woodland creatures come together to make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre, and one of Chapterhouse’s most popular shows.

The Three Inch Fools present Romeo & Juliet (Book now)
Thursday 29 July, 18:00 – 21.00pm

ROMEO & JULIET at Newstead Abbey

The Fools are dusting off their instruments and stepping back into the great outdoors, with a brand new production of Romeo & Juliet. Prepare for a carnival of passion and imagination, as The Fools present the world’s best-known love story at some of the most beautiful and historic landmarks in the UK.

This romantic epic will be getting the full Three Inch Fools treatment: live music-making, deft physicality and vibrant story-telling. Expect fast-paced drama, plenty of musical instruments and many a quick costume change along the way!

★★★★★ – “One of the best Shakespeare plays I’ll ever watch” – The Bristol Post

★★★★★ – “The ultimate British theatrical experience” – Hastings Independent Press


Mr Stink (Book now)             
Friday 6 August , 17:00 – 20:00pm
Heartbreak Productions present Mr. Stink

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 smelly new friend, Mr. Stink.

One perfectly normal afternoon in an average English town two restless souls unite on a park bench – one of them the lonely 12 year old Chloe Crumb and the other an incredibly smelly man who is homeless. Oh, and let’s not forget his loyal dog, the Duchess. Chloe’s curiosity and kindness pave the way for this extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed.

Join Heartbreak Productions for David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink on our outdoor stage. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provide the perfect family entertainment!

Wind in the Willows (Book now)
Wednesday 11 August, 18.00 – 21:00pm

Pantaloons present Wind in the Willows

The Wind In the Willows at Newstead Abbey

Join Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger on a wild adventure filled with motorcar madness, wicked weasels, exciting escapes and plenty of messing about in boats.

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put their own anarchic spin Kenneth Grahame’s classic countryside caper. Frantically feral fun for the whole family.

Please note that this production is outdoors.  Please bring camping chairs with you and prepare for whatever weather there may be – rain, wind or sun!

Heartbreak Theatre present The Great Gatsby (Book now)
Friday 20 August, 18:00 – 21:00pm

The Great Gatsby at Newstead Abbey

Join Heartbreak Productions and the Nick Carraway quartet for an evening of jazz – prohibition style! Nick is not only the band leader but a top-notch storyteller, and he’ll take you back to the summer of 1921 when he lived next door to none other than Jay Gatsby.

Nick was working as a bond salesman in New York the summer he met the mysterious party-throwing millionaire. Before long, Nick finds our that Gatsby and his cousin Daisy used to be an item. Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, but Daisy is now married to the pretentious and unfaithful Tom…

Served up with a fresh twist of iconic Heartbreak style, this outdoor adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the perfect way to mark 100 years since prohibition. So get your glad rags on (whilst still dressing for the outdoors of course!), bring a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy some local refreshments – now that prohibition is lifted!

Opening Times

Mr Stink (6 Aug 2021)
Friday17:00 - 20:00
Wind in the WIllows (11 Aug 2021)
Wednesday18:00 - 21:00
The Great Gatsby (20 Aug 2021)
Friday18:00 - 21:00

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