Open Air Theatre – What Can We See in Summer 2020.

It looks like open air and drive in theatre are the ways we can get our theatre fix so here is a list of some of the open air theatre that is going on.


Barn Theatre in Cirencester has come up trumps again and have programmed a whole open air season! Barnfest runs in the grounds of Ingleside Houe, which is next to the theatre. The season includes Tweedy the Clown, Funny Girls (Natasha Barnes and Vikki Stone which looks at the comedy music written for women in musical theatre), The Wind in The Willows, Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon, Private Peaceful and The World Goes Round, a celebration of the music of Kander and Ebb, pus so much more! Shows are running until 5th September and areas will be divided up into boxes which seats up to 4 people.

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will open next month with a concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar with audiences of 30% of its normal capacity. The show will open on 14th August and run for 6 weeks. Face coverings will be mandatory, temperature checks in place and paperless tickets. Priority booking opens Monday 20th July and public booking 21st July. Visit their website for more information.

It will also be hosting a series of stand ups including Rob Beckett, Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, Kerry Godliman, Suzi Ruffell and Sindhu Vee.

Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is the open air theatre that got name dropped by Oliver Dowden. On the schedule already they have storytelling. Stones in His Pockets (a 2 hander play) has been announced for August and People’s String Foundation on the 20th July. Visit their website for more information about their shows.

Brighton Open Air Theatre

The full programme is on, just with reduced capacity so at BOAT you can see Abigail’s Party, The Mikado, Jekyll & Hyde, Blighty Broadway and Beyond and much more.

Greenwich & Docklands International Festival

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival runs from the 28th August – 12th September. It has installations running over several days, family friendly circus and street theatre. Dancing City is also an outdoors dance programme as well as large scale outdoor theatre shows. Tickets go on sale on the 6th August.

Roman Theatre of Verulamium in St Albans.

Normally this theatre seats 275 people but with social distancing it will be reducing its capacity to 220. In August it will stage The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry V.

The Bard In The Yard

The Bard In The Yard is a company that will come to your garden within London. You will find out how the Bard goes from King Leonardo to King Lear in a 45 minute solo piece. You cook book them to come to your garden via their website and an individual household price is £112.

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