Open Air Theatre at Wollaton Hall

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE

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Open Air Theatre at Wollaton Hall


Open Air Theatre
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Dates between Saturday 12 June and Tuesday 10 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:

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park is a spectacular Elizabethan mansion and park in the heart of Nottingham. This summer, once again, there will be a fantastic programme of open air theatre performances in the splendid grounds surrounding the house.

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

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

Saturday 12 June Mr Stink
Sunday 20 June Merry Wives of Windsor
Sunday 27 June Wonders with Grimm 
Thursday 8 July  Macbeth 
Sunday 11 July  Dr Dolittle
Friday 30 July Mr Stink (Second show)
Sunday 8 August  Much Ado About Nothing
Tuesday 10 August Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


Show listings

Mr Stink (Book now)             
Saturday 12 June, 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 the outdoor stage. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provide the perfect family entertainment!

Merry Wives of Windsor (Book now)
Sunday 20 June, 18:00 – 21:00pm

The Three Inch Fools present Merry Wives of Windsor

The Fools are dusting off their instruments and stepping back into the great outdoors, with a riotous new production of The Merry Wives Of Windsor. Prepare for an evening of mischief and hilarity, as The Fools present this rip-roaring Shakespearean comedy at one of the most beautiful and historic landmarks in the UK.

This Shakespearean classic 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!

Bring your own cushions and camping-chairs and enjoy an outdoor adventure. Come prepared for the weather – the performance will continue come rain come shine!

Wonders with Grimm  (Book now)
Sunday 27 June, 17:00 – 20:00pm 

Heartbreak Productions present Wonders with Grimm

If you join Heartbreak in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise!

It’s Grimm Night and the forest sprites are wandering abroad. Never heard of the Grimm? It used to live in the Black Forest, but now travels through forests across the UK looking for children’s voices to steal. To prevent this spectre from taking out voices, we must tell stories, so we gather together to re-tell the stories from whence it took its name – the fairy tales of Brothers Grimm.

We can’t just keep telling the same stories in the same way for hundreds of years though. That would be very boring and not very much like Heartbreak at all.

So… What if Rapunzel escaped her tower? Or Snow White didn’t wake up? Join us for an evening of enchanting story telling full of magic, puppetry, and music, as we enter into the fantastical world of the Brothers Grimm with altered endings and a modern twist. Pack the picnic basket, dress for the outdoors and visit the woods today..!

Macbeth (Book now)            
Thursday 8 July, 18:00 – 21:00pm

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company – with direct links to the history of William Shakespeare – invite you to join them this summer for the breathless and brilliant tragedy, Macbeth.

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes”

Emerging victorious and decorated in war Macbeth receives a thrilling pronouncement from three weird sisters who prophesy he will one day be King of Scotland. Overcome by ambition and driven on by his powerful wife, Macbeth murders the king and sets in motion a terrible sequence of events from which there is no turning back.

A play of supernatural magic, vaulting ambition and an examination of the dreadful consequences of the insatiable lust for power. With Shakespeare’s most chilling power couple and truly stirring poetry, this stunning play will keep you gripped.

Bring a chair and a picnic, and prepare to be entertained and transported watching Shakespeare as he first saw it performed; in the open air, by an all-male cast with Elizabeth costumes, music and dance.

Dr Dolittle (Book now)
Sunday 11 July, 17:00 – 20.00pm
Following the phenomenal success of 2018’s tour of The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle, Illyria is delving back into Hugh Lofting’s amazing stories to bring you a brand-new musical adaptation of the Doctor’s FURTHER adventures with Jip the Dog, Dab Dab the Duck, Gub Gub the Pig and Polynesia the Parrot.

Where in the world will they go? Will they even stay on this world?! Which new animals will they help along the way? Will the Rats still have pithy observations to make? Is Gub Gub still dreaming about cake?

The FURTHER Adventures of Doctor Dolittle features a fully orchestrated score, amazing puppets and a plethora of songs that audiences will be singing along to for years to come.

Mr Stink (Second show)
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Friday 30 July 2021, 17:00 – 20:00pm


Much ado about nothing (Book now)
Sunday 8 August, 18:00 – 21:00pm

…by William Shakespeare

Claudio loves Hero, and Benedick hates Beatrice. This is just as well, because Hero loves Claudio and Beatrice hates Benedick. Everyone laughs when Don Pedro plays a trick on Benedick and Beatrice, letting each think that they are secretly loved by the other. But it is no laughing matter when Don John plays a trick on Claudio and Hero, deceiving Claudio into thinking that Hero is not faithful to him.

Murderous rage is unleashed, and death can be the only solution… Or can it? Perhaps one last trick may resurrect the innocent dead, restore broken relationships – and even create an unlikely union of Benedick and Beatrice!

In their 29th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, Illyria stick to their home-turf: Shakespearean comedy.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Book now)
Tuesday 10 August, 17:00 – 20.00pm

Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer, as Laura Turner’s theatrical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns following its successful outing during the company’s 2018 summer season.

Made with children in mind, and with interactive elements all the family can enjoy, this madcap adventure features all the characters you know and love and boasts original music, dance, and custom-made costumes. Bring the family along to watch Wonderland come alive beneath the setting sun on a summer evening!

“The talented cast do a magical job of bringing this well-known classic to life before your eyes.”

Opening Times

Much ado about nothing (8 Aug 2021)
Sunday18:00 - 21:00
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (10 Aug 2021)
Tuesday17:00 - 20:00

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