With this exceptional heatwave, now seems a perfect time to book tickets for an evening of open-air theatre. So chill the fizz, pack the picnic and grab your blanket for an evening’s entertainment.
And where better to start than the magical Minack Theatre. Starting tonight is Sense & Sensibility, running until 29th June. Then Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is on from 2nd to 6th July, followed by something entirely different: Tom Stoppard’s comedy On The Razzle from 9th to 13th July. July rounds off with Leonard Bernstein’s Candide which runs from 16th to 20th.
Macbeth is being performed by the Barbican Theatre at Residence One Garden at Royal William Yard, Plymouth from 31 July to 11 August.
More Shakespeare and Jane Austen are on offer at Killerton House near Exeter with a production of Pride and Prejudice on 12th July and The Tempest on 31st July. The Tempest will also be on at Pentillie Castle, St Mellion on 29th July.
The outstanding Illyria Outdoor Theatre’s summer season will be in full swing at many venues across the South West including:
- The Merchant of Venice at Arlington Court, Barnstaple on 28th July, Sterts Theatre, Liskeard on 31st July and again at The Vicarage, Great Torrington on 11th August
- The Hound of the Baskervilles at Castle Drogo on 5th August and Carn Marth Amphitheatre, Redruth on 25th August
- The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle at Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance on 24th July, Hartland Abbey on 10th August and Bedruthan Hotel, Mawgan Porth on 16th August
- The Pirates of Penzance at Coletone Fishacre, Kingswear on 29th July and Hartland Abbey on 8th August
Hartland Abbey is also showing David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang on 15th August and The Winter’s Tale on 27th August.