Best open air theatres and cinemas in Britain

Make the most of the British summer with these fantastic outdoor productions and film-showings at beautiful locations

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Events: July – September 2011
For an enjoyable summer evening under the stars in London with dining on the lawn and the West End’s longest bar as well as picnic areas head to Regent’s Park; this years performance, Crazy for You, runs until the 10th of September.
 
27th July – 12th August – Julius Caesar
Starting your trip to the theatre by catching a boat across Poole Harbour on a summer evening sets up the atmosphere for Brownsea’s famous open-air performances. The National Trust maintained island is home to an abundance of wildlife including red squirrels, wildfowl and some very noisy peacocks! Arrive early to enjoy a picnic and take a stroll before performances.
 
Performances from 1st-27th August 2011
The home of the Stamford Shakespeare Company, Tolethorpe Hall is a grand old house with landscaped gardens in which you can stroll and have picnics before seeing either performances of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and A Winter’s Tale this August.
 
Events: May-September 2011
This year the world-famous stage will be showing Much Ado About Nothing and The Pirates of Penzance as well as a variety of other shows from its beautiful situation on the cliffs of Porthcurno – the Minack Open Air Theatre is a must-see.
 
Check the website for details of new performances.
The National Theatre of Wales is a pioneering and innovative touring theatre group that perform in a variety of locations. They have become famous for their bold performances and were part of the BBC’s Review Show’s top ten alongside The Royal Shakespeare Company.
 
 7th July – 21st August 2011
Performances – As you Like It and Merlin and the Woods of Time
Awarded 5 stars by the Guardian and described as ‘idyllic’ and ‘impressive’, this is a small outdoor theatre with bags of character. Tickets are a bargain and priced according to ‘picnic spaces’ or ‘picnic terraces’ – you can also order pre-made Carluccio’s picnics to collect upon arrival.
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Film4 Summer Screen 27th July – 7th August 2011
Take a picnic and go and see UK premieres, cult action thrillers, romantic comedies and film classics on the outside screen in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House. Tickets are £14.50 – £18
 
29th – 30th August 2011 ‘Films in the Forest’, Suffolk
15th – 25th September 2011 Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge
Watch Robin Hood and Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Suffolk Forest then visit the drive-in and outdoor screenings in Cambridge in September all on the Cambridge Film Project’s famous outdoor screen.
 
 Playing shows nationwide throughout August and September 2011, the much-loved Illyria Theatre Group will be performing Twelfth Night, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Pirates of Penzance at a huge number of outdoor locations. The group is in their 20th successful year and make outdoor locations come alive with their performances.

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