Abbey set to stage outdoor theatre

Henry V, Newstead Abbey Outdoor Theatre season 2012
Henry V, Newstead Abbey Outdoor Theatre season 2012

SUMMER has got off to a rainy start but theatre-goers will be hoping that the weather stays fine for Newstead Abbey’s outdoor theatre season.

Though umbrellas may be needed in addition to picnic blankets, the grounds at the historic Abbey are set to host performances of plays that will appeal to all ages.

These include three of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, Macbeth, Henry V and The Taming of the Shrew, a stage version of Roald Dahl’s The Twits and Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.

The season at Newstead Abbey runs alongside one at Nottingham City Council’s other outdoor theatre venue, Nottingham Castle.

Said Coun David Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and tourism at the council, said: “The outdoor theatre is a very popular event in our summer calendar and we are pleased to announce 11 performances across two magnificent settings.

“The outdoor theatre is truly a wonderful way to spend your summer evenings. Pack up a picnic blanket and enjoy theatre in this unique way!”

The plays still to be staged at Nottingham Castle are Noel Coward’s Private Lives on Saturday and Sunday, Railway Children on 25th July and Grimm Fairy Tales on 31st July.

Tickets for all performances are available now by calling 0115 989 5555 or online at Nottingham Royal Centre box office at www.trch.co.uk.

Gates open an hour before each performance and people can bring their own picnic, blankets and chairs, with no seating or shelter provided by the venue.