Open Air Theatre

Late summer evenings in the open air

AUTUMN has arrived amazingly early this year, with the smell of the turning year discernable from early August – but of course there is no such thing as climate change! It is your last chance to see the open air touring shows that have been criss-crossing the region since  May. On Monday 28th August, you…

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Thespians tour Chaucer’s Tales

TAUNTON Thespians follow in the footsteps of Geoffrey Chaucer’s pilgrims when they take The Canterbury Tales on tour from 11th to 22nd July. Four of the finest from the classic text will be recounted during the performances.  The Wife of Bath’s Tale, the Miller’s Tale, the Reeve’s Tale and the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, in all…

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Monmouth invasion of Lyme

THE Monmouth invasion of Lyme Regis is under way, as actors and musicians from around the area perform their 2017 community play, Monmouth. After the success of last summer’s open air Tempest of Lyme, outside the Marine Theatre, the company commissioned a new play based on an important moment in local history, and it takes…

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Othello on tour

DORSET-based theatre company SISATA, after a successful crowd-funding bid, is touring its new production of Shakes peare’s Othello across the region. This radical re-imagining of Shakes­peare’s tragedy has been adapted and directed by Charmaine K Parkin, set against a backdrop of the 1980s hip hop culture and inspired by the life and work of artist…

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Theatre goes alfresco for summer

THE long range weather forecast for the summer in the south west of England is for “plenty of sun”. That’s good news for the many open-air theatre companies whose tours criss-cross our region from now until September – and for audiences who always hope that Rain or Shine won’t have to live up to their…

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