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Open Air Theatre at Wollaton Park

Wollaton Hall & Deer Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE

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Outdoor Theatre - Wollaton Park

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Thursday 15 June - Thursday 17 August 2023
Wollaton Hall & Deer Park

The popular Open-Air Theatre Season returns to Wollaton Hall & Deer Park 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 August!


What's On

Thursday 15 June | Gates 6pm, show 7pm
The Lord Chamberlain's Men: Romeo & Juliet

“A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.”

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them for the timeless and classic love story, Romeo & Juliet. With a history stretching back to William Shakespeare himself they present this great play as he first saw it, in the open air, with an all-male cast and Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. Two youths from Verona - Romeo and Juliet - meet by chance and instantly fall in love. Members of two warring families, the Montagues and Capulets, they realise they cannot be together. But driven by love they risk everything and marry in secret. No sooner are they married than misfortune intervenes and, despite efforts to outrun it, their families’ ancient feud catches up with them and brings about their tragic end.

Friday 23 June | Gates 6pm, show 7pm
Heartbreak Productions: MacHamLear

Take part in a unique experiment that will answer the question keeping literary scholars up at night... which play is the best the Bard has to offer? Help us to decide by being part of an exciting, new theatre competition. In Round One, we’ll be pitting Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear against each other, as some of the finest actors (that we can afford!) make their case for why their tragedy should be performed that evening, to win a place in the next round of the competition. MacHamLear is a farcical piece of new writing from award-winning playwright Michael Davies that shamelessly exploits the genius of England’s most celebrated writer. Grab your copy of the Complete Works, a chair/blanket, weather appropriate gear, and a few nibbles, and prepare to be tickled pink as the three iconic plays are performed with passion, pep, and punch.

Thursday 13 July | 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.

Friday 4 August | 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 6 August | 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.  

Thursday 17 August | 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 in the Formal Gardens at Wollaton Hall & Deer Park:

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