Open Air Theatre

Open air inspiration for Heartbreak’s three shows

INSPIRED by childhood visits to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, Maddy Kerr joined Peter Mimmack to form Heartbreak Productions, back in 1991.  Now the company is an established part of the alfresco theatre scene around the UK.  This year they have chosen three shows, Awful Auntie,  Jane Eyre and a new Bardic comedy crime thriller,…

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Love and comedy on wheels

THE HandleBards are perhaps the most photogenic of the touring companies, travelling between venues on bicycles. This year they have chosen Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and it will be making a dozen stops, in a much more sensible order than many of the touring groups (with their more conventional transport methods) can manage. Watch as Viola…

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Bitter comedy and fantastic adventure from Folksy

FOLKSY Theatre, one of the newer touring companies, has two shows coming to the south west this summer. Shakespeare’s dark and bitter comedy Much Ado About Nothing joins the ever- popular children’s story Alice in Wonderland for tours that criss-cross the UK. There are three July dates for Much Ado, at Marwood Hill Gardens in…

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Shakespeare’s alfresco favourite

TRISH Knight-Webb, who founded the Festival Players Theatre Company in 1986 and was Artistic Director until 2001, will be delighted to welcome the players back to perform at her Beaminster home at the end of August, as part of their 2022  tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Perhaps the best suited of all Shakespeare’s plays…

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Three classics from Chapterhouse

CHAPTERHOUSE theatre company was established in 1999 and annually tours three or more plays, this year adding three tribute bands to the mix.  Their plays for 2022 are all three classics. Cinderella moves from its traditional Christmas production to a summer show for all the family. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is widely known as the…

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