The beautiful setting of Newstead Abbey, once home to Lord Byron, on a Summer’s evening is the perfect location for outdoor theatre.

Back in the days of the simple life (before children) we used to watch lots of theatre outdoors at some stunning locations such as Kirkstall Abbey and Brimham Rocks. In an open air setting, rich with culture and colour, something extra is added to the experience. Just like live music can be taken to a different level in stunning outdoor surroundings, theatre in the open air is a fantastic experience.


One of our favourite books by Roahl Dahl is Danny the Champion of the World and to see this fabulous tale of adventures between a father and son and the close knit bond between them and also them and their friends against the evil Mr Hazell was something we had to see.

To bring theatre, the open air and a beautiful sunny evening was the perfect way to end the weekend! This is just what the fantastic Illyria Theatre provided for us  with their stunning performance of Danny the Champion of the World at Newstead on Sunday evening. Enjoying this experience with the boys was something new and different but fabulous too!

The stage was simple with caravan and garage taking the predominant spot and Hazell woods peering spookily overhead.


The performance was impeccable with a talented cast pulling out the stops to celebrate Dahl’s work with comic timing and panache.

We sat on a mat close to the stage in front of the area where people were sitting on chairs. This was a great position to see the action.

There was a short interval when ice cream and snacks were available. It was quite busy (as was the queue for the loos).

There are still plenty more chances to catch amazing outdoor theatre performances lined up in Nottinghamshire  including….

Nottingham Castle:

·         Wuthering Heights – Wednesday 10 August – Chapterhouse Theatre Company
Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present Emily Bronte’s classic love story set on the beautiful, mysterious wilderness of the Yorkshire moors

·         The Canterbury Tales – Thursday 18 August – The Pantaloons
Join the pilgrims for puppetry and poetry, music and magic, talking chickens and burnt bottoms.

·         Peter Pan – Friday 26 August – Chapterhouse Theatre Company
Chapterhouse Theatre Company are delighted to present the unforgettable story of Peter Pan the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

·         RatBurger – Thursday 1 September – Heartbreak Productions
Following on from the successful 2015 adaptation of Mr Stink, , Heartbreak Productions returns this summer with the theatrical premiere of “Ratburger”, adapted for the outdoor stage.

Newstead Abbey:

·         Sense and Sensibility – Friday 12 August– Chapterhouse Theatre Company
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer for an evening of Regency wonderment as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exquisite world of eighteenth-century society.

·         A Midsummers Dream – Friday 19 August – Illyria
In Illyria’s 25th anniversary season this inimitable company reprises the show they performed in their very first year. Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical.

Wollaton Hall:

·         Wuthering Heights – Saturday 20 August – Chapterhouse Theatre Company
Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present Emily Bronte’s classic love story set on the beautiful, mysterious wilderness of the Yorkshire moors.

·         Ratburger – Wednesday 31 August – Heartbreak Productions
Following on from the successful 2015 adaptation of Mr Stink, Heartbreak Productions returns this summer with the theatrical premiere of “Ratburger”.

 

Is watching theatre al fresco your cup of tea? Would love to hear about  your experiences.

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3 Responses to Outdoor theatre – Danny the Champion of the World @Newstead_Abbey @illyriatheatre #dannychamp @nottscc #roahldahl

  1. Oh we love Danny Champion of the World here! Sounds like a great production to watch.

  2. Louise says:

    I am looking to take my boys to some open air theatre this summer but have been too chicken in case they misbehave. My eldest is really into Roald Dahl at the minute so it could be ideal. I’ll be keeping my peepers open for something near us x

  3. Granny says:

    You lucky people! Sounds as if you had a great evening, live performances beat any television

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