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Season 2 – Summer 2024

Once you have booked your event below please click on the Plan Your Visit button below for guidance on the day and check out the menu to make your visit even more memorable. The venue opens an hour and a half before the performance starts to order drinks, food and get comfortable.

These are our performances for 2024. Keep an eye on this page for booking updates.

  1. Illyria – Doctor Dolittle – 16 June 2024
  2. GLADS – A Midsummer Day’s Sportsday – 30 June 2024
  3. Box Tree Productions – Wind in the Willows (Musical) – 7 July 2024
  4. Illyria – Romeo and Juliet – 18 August 2024
  5. Wychavon Outdoor Cinema – 25 August 2024
  6. Sweet Sorrow – Much Ado About Nothing – 8 September 2024

Ilyria Theatre Company
Doctor Dolittle

16 June 2024
Start time 14h30

Doctor Dolittle leads a simple life as the village doctor in sleepy Puddleby-On-The-Marsh. He often undercharges his patients, or even treats them for free, so he is terribly poor. But one day, with the help of his wise old parrot Polynesia, he makes an extraordinary discovery: that he can talk to animals.

As news of his talent as an animal doctor spreads, animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So he borrows a leaky old ship and embarks on a thrilling quest to cure illness, spread kindness, and better understand animals everywhere. He is joined on his adventures by a loyal animal crew: Jip (a dog), Chee-Chee (a monkey), Dab Dab (a duck), and Gub Gub (an ever-hungry, cake-loving pig) –who together may even help him fix his money problems once and for all!

Hugh Lofting’s timeless classic celebrates the power of empathy and inspires audiences young and old to see the world through the eyes of animals. This funny, exciting family musical is performed with flair and wit by Illyria in the great outdoors.

Running time (approx): 1hr 10mins (inc 20 minute interval)
Suitable for ages 5+ (younger children also welcome!)

GLADS
A Midsummer Day’s Sportsday

30 June 2024
Start time 14h30

GLADS is the Greater Lenches Amateur Dramatic Society. Running shows by the local community for the area for almost 20 years.

It’s the finals of the International Village Sports Day Competition. It’s also midsummer’s day. This is a tale almost as old as Shakespeare’s own.

Two great rivals of the Village Sports Day coaching world go head to head with their teams. Coach Pond’s mixed doubles team is under threat as the athlete, Mia, has been told by her dad that she has to wang wellies with Demitri for Coach Tinkler. Coach Tinkler’s mixed doubles team is under threat as Zander cooks up a plan for Mia to run away with him. This leaves Zander’s teammate, Ella, pining for the naughty boy Demitri to partner her in the wheelbarrow race. But don’t worry, Coach Pond will rely upon his trusty water carrier to deliver his special “Cupid’s sports drink” to the right people that will sort everything out.

Meanwhile, Pond’s merry band of very sporting athletes go head to head with Tinkler’s very competitive squad in high octane village sports. Who will win the Tombola Draw? Who will come out on top after the Tug of War? Will Coach Pond and Coach Tinkler ever see eye to eye?

We’re very excited for GLADS first open air performance. We hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of suspenseful sporting competition, passionate rivalries, and family friendly silliness!

Running time (approx): 2hrs (inc 20 minute interval)
Suitable for ages 5+ (younger children also welcome!)

Boxtree Productions
The Wind in the Willows
7 July 2024
Start time 14h30

When Mole gets fed up of cleaning her home she decides to leave her burrow and head out on adventure!  She meets Ratty and Toad and Badger and discovers a love of the river and the joy of the open road.  However, that egocentric Toad is convinced to steal a car by those meddling weasels! Toad is arrested and the Weasels take over Toad Hall to turn it into a theatre for their own amusement!  It falls to Mole and Ratty, Badger and Toad to take back Toad Hall!  Will they do it?

Join Boxtree Productions on the riverbank this summer to find out, as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary with a performance of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved story! Featuring hilarious comedy, magic and fantastic toe-tapping songs be sure of an evening of wonderful open-air theatre that the whole family will enjoy.

Ilyria Theatre Company
Romeo and Juliet

18 August 2024
Start time 15h30

The Montagues and the Capulets are at war. Their feud has been long and bitter. But when Romeo, Montague’s son, gatecrashes Capulet’s party in disguise, everything changes. There he meets Juliet, Capulet’s daughter, and the pair fall into an intense, forbidden love that sets in motion a chain of events leading to a devastating conclusion.

From a secret rendezvous to a fateful duel, Shakespeare masterfully explores the enduring power of love, revenge and fate. But the surprising thing about this iconic tale is that it’s extremely funny too! A passionate, poetic and utterly gripping performance by Illyria in the great outdoors.

Sweet Sorrow Theatre Company
Much Ado About Nothing

08 September 2024
Start time 14h30

War is over. Claudio and Hero fall in love, bells toll. Benedick and Beatrice reunite, mischief ensues. Don Jon wants revenge.

Featuring hysterical eavesdropping, a raucous dance party, and disastrous deception – join our lovers as they discover who gets their comeuppance and who gets their happily ever afters.

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Ilyria Theatre Company
Robin Hood

From the earliest ballads of Robin Hood, some pre-dating Chaucer, Illyria has created a fast-moving, fun-packed family show.
 
While good King Richard is away fighting the crusades, his friend Robert Fitzooth, under the assumed name of Robin Hood, resolves to relieve corrupt landowners of their wealth, to ruin the inept Sheriff of Nottingham and to do all he can to prevent the power-mad Prince John from seizing the throne.
 
Featuring tales of camaraderie, good against evil, swashbuckling action and riotous comedy, this remains one of Illyria’s most popular ever titles. You’ll definitely laugh, you’ll probably cry – and if you’re not cheering at the archery competition involving the entire audience then you must be dead. We also guarantee you will learn new uses for the phrase “Don’t Do This At Home.”
 
Running time (approx): 1hr 50mins (inc 20 minute interval)
Suitable for ages 5+ (younger children also welcome!)

Rain or Shine Theatre Company
Shakespeare’s – The Comedy of Errors
The Comedy of Errors

Once upon a time, cruel fate decreed that a family should be torn asunder in a violent shipwreck. The mother lost to the waves, the father and one twin and his bondsman one way, and the other twin and his bondsman another…

Years later, in search of their lost family, Antipholus and his bondsman, Dromio, arrive in the port of Ephesus, a city reputedly full of rogues, cheats and sorcerers. Although this is their first visit, merchants greet them as acquaintances, women pursue them as lovers, and everybody knows their names!

Pack your bubbly, chairs and picnics and witness the comical confusion and chaotic capers of Shakespeare’s hilarious masterpiece!

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