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Must-See Outdoor Theatre Shows of the Summer

Must-See Outdoor Theatre Shows of the Summer

Experience the magic of open-air performances with our handpicked selection of captivating shows…

Pictured top: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (c) Australian Theatre Company

The Secret Garden

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 15 June – 20 July

Spoilt and abandoned, 10-year-old Mary Lennox is sent from India to Yorkshire, and put into the care of an uncle she has never met. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved and radical story about the magic of nature and the nature of magic is adapted into a new version showing at Regent’s Park this summer.

All’s Well that Ends Well

St Anne’s Church Garden, Wandsworth, 2-3 July

Shakespeare in the Squares celebrates its seventh anniversary with an all-new production of All’s Well That Ends Well with a fairytale twist and swing music.

Setareh – A Journey to Remember

Gatton Park, Reigate, 11-14 & 18-21 July

Setareh – the brightest star that ever shone. A story of love, forgiveness and salvation. An open-air production by Gatton Community Theatre that will lead you around stunning Gatton Park, following the journey of the Magi.

Hamlet

Morden Hall Park, 18 July

The ever popular Lords Chamberlain’s Men are touring this summer with their unique production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. They’ll be coming to Morden Hall Park on Thursday 18 July. Tickets sell early for this event so book early to avoid missing out.

The Wind in the Willows

Theatre on Kew, 19 July – 1 September

The Wind in the Willows is a classic story of life on the riverbank. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Kew’s stunning lake, the show is packed with colourful characters, music, song and laughter, and is a rollicking yet gentle adventure with best friends Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter and the hilariously arrogant Mr Toad.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatre on Kew, 20 July – 1 September

Set beneath heritage trees within a picture-perfect Kew Gardens, this is A Midsummer Night’s Dream in uniquely botanical surroundings – as twilight falls, the stage is set for Shakespeare Under the Stars.

The Dream Fairies – Adventure to Bubble Land

Theatre on Kew, 20 July – 1 September

Dream Fairies is a delightful world of song and dance designed especially for younger audiences. It combines fairytale elements with interactive adventures to create a magical, engaging experience for younger audiences.

The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck

West Horsley Place, 23 July

The brilliant Quantum Theatre are returning to West Horsley Place this summer with an enchanting new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved tale: The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. An ideal family show.

Much Ado About Nothing

Cannizaro Park, 24-27 July

Mayhem Theatre return to Cannizaro Park this summer with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Set against the gorgeous Italian Garden of Cannizaro, this production of the Bard’s beloved comedy is a feast of clever dialogue, raucous humour and swoony romance.

The Secret Diary of Henry VIII

West Horsley Place, 31 July

The Three Inch Fools present an essential guide on how to keep your head in the Tudor Court. Unexpectedly thrust into the limelight, young Henry navigates the ups and downs of courtly life, and all whilst fighting the French (again) and re-writing religion.

Spitfire Patrol

West Horsley Place, 9 August

Spitfire Patrol is a female-led one-act comedy that follows a group of adventurous girl guides living through the tumultuous years of World War II. In their determination to “do their bit” for England, they strike out on their own and conduct a patrol camp to test their skills.