Open air theatre comes to East Devon

Feast of entertainment at Sidmouth and Exmouth

Open air theatre, including works by Shakespeare and Jane Austen, will be staged in two of East Devon’s best loved parks this summer. Four touring theatre companies are bringing their productions to the beautiful Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth and Manor Gardens in Exmouth in a joint project between East Devon District Council’s StreetScene and Countryside departments. Topping the bill will be The Tempest, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice and the Triumph of Love.

Cllr John O’Leary, the district council’s Culture Champion, said:

These gardens have wonderful facilities to offer outdoor theatre to the people of East Devon. Both have been awarded prestigious Green Flags which means they have nationally been recognised as excellent green spaces.

We’re hoping that these new and vibrant productions will bring a little culture to the two towns. So, bring a seat, a blanket and a picnic and soak up the unique atmosphere of these open air events.

Prices for adults start from £12 with concessions, and child and family tickets are available. Cygnet Theatre Company stages the Triumph of Love on Friday July 10 at 7.15pm in the Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth. For tickets contact the theatre company direct on 01392 277189.

Rain or Shine Theatre is presenting Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Manor Gardens, Exmouth on Saturday July 18 at 7.30pm. Contact them on 0330 660 0541.  Another Shakespeare favourite, Much Ado about Nothing, comes to the Manor Gardens on Sunday August 9 at 7pm. Contact 01395 517 557.

The Folksy Theatre Company are presenting Hamlet at Connaught Gardens on Tuesday August 11 at 7pm.

Jane Austen’s witty and romantic masterpiece Pride and Prejudice is being presented by The Pantaloons at Connaught Gardens on Saturday August 22 from 7pm. Contact them on 01395 517 557.